[R] A glitch (???) in tools::texi2pf.

Richard O'Keefe r@oknz @end|ng |rom gm@||@com
Sun Aug 29 10:37:42 CEST 2021

It is a general "feature" of TeX that documents with tables of
contents, indices,
bibliographies, and so on, have to be "iterated to convergence".  A couple of
PhD theses came out of Stanford; the problem is in that which page one thing
goes on depends on where other things went, which depends on where the
first thing went... TeX users got accustomed to this, which meant that they
also tolerated similar things in outboard tools like bibtex.  You
could of course
run bibtex explicitly to recreate the .bbl file.

Frankly, the suggestion of patching texi2pdf to delete the .bbl file(s) seems
like the simplest way forward.

On Sun, 29 Aug 2021 at 01:25, J C Nash <profjcnash using gmail.com> wrote:
> I can understand Rolf's concern. Make is a tool that is very helpful,
> but also not trivial to learn how to make work. If a good Makefile
> has been set up, then things are easy, but I've generally found my
> skills limited to fairly simple Makefiles.
> I would suggest that what is needed is a bit of modest collaboration
> to set up a Makefile for dealing with this issue that has enough comments
> so it is clear what Make will be doing. I suspect that in this case the
> need is to remove the offending .bbl file and then run the tex*** operations.
> Possibly the result is small enough to post in this thread. Anyone?
> Cheers, JN
> On 2021-08-28 9:14 a.m., Rolf Turner wrote:
> >
> > On Sat, 28 Aug 2021 12:49:04 +0300
> > Eric Berger <ericjberger using gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> >> As Achim wrote in point (2), Makefile is your friend.
> >
> > Well, all I can say is that Makefile is *not* my friend; I have never
> > made its acquaintance and wouldn't know where to begin looking.
> >
> > Would it be possible for you to provide a template/prototype Makefile
> > and give me some idea what to *do* with it?
> >
> > cheers,
> >
> > Rolf Turner
> >
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