On 2011-09-16, Alex Fernandez wrote:
> Hi Günter,

> On Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 9:04 AM, Guenter Milde <mi...@users.berlios.de> wrote:

>> E.g. bibtex file ``foo.bib`` can be found with the command::

>>   kpsewhich -format bib foo.bib

> Good idea, it should not take too much effort to write a wrapper.
> There is already one for ImageMagick's convert.

There is one in pybtex, see below,

Günter


pybtex/kpatsea.py:

# Copyright (c) 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011  Andrey Golovizin
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from subprocess import Popen, PIPE

def kpsewhich(filename):
    p = Popen(['kpsewhich', filename], stdout=PIPE, stderr=PIPE)
    path = p.communicate()[0].rstrip()
    if p.returncode == 0:
        return path

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