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On 12/01/2010 07:55 PM, Richard Heck wrote:
> On 12/01/2010 08:00 AM, Birte Schoettker wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I run Lyx under Windows and use Jabref 2.6 to create my *.bib
>> file for the references I use in Lyx via Insert>List/TOC>BiBTex
>> Bibliography'.
>> That all worked fine so far for the last 2 years, gaining insights
>> about coding in jabref and dabandoning endnote for good on this way so
>> far.
>> What confuses me these days, is that I cannot recall to have changed
>> anything relevant from last week to this in my *.bib reference file. I
>> might have added about 10 more references or deleted a couple.
>> However, the last times I tried to use my added bibliography in Lyx
>> via "Insert> Citation" it has been missing all entries in my *.bib
>> file or jabref library alphabetically onwards from Wi*** to Z.
>> The number of my references in my library is 1898 (!). Is there a
>> cut-off I am not aware off?
> No, there's no cutoff. What's probably happening is that you have an
> illegal character in one of your entries, probably the first one that
> doesn't appear, and LyX is aborting the read when it sees it. This is a
> pretty common problem. It often happens when people cut and paste
> material from the web into JabRef and they get a funny quote or
> something in there. If you can manage to launch LyX from a terminal,
> then you will probably see the error message, which may also help. If
> not, you can send me the file privately, and I'll figure it out.
>> Information that might be important:
>> - coding of my library: Cp1252
> I don't know if that is an issue or not, but, ideally, BibTeX files
> should always be pure ASCII. If you need non-ASCII characters, then use
> the LaTeX equivalent.

That directly leads me to a question I asked earlier, but did not find
an answer to:

How can I easily identify non-ASCII characters in the bibtex file?

I struggled with this quite a lot (as I moved from a home made ACCESS
database to Reference Manager database to bibtex), and I THINK my bibtex
is now clean, but, I am not sure.

Is there a script which I could run to identify non-ASCII characters in
the bibtex file?

I am running Linux.



> Richard

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