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I'm a bit confused about how to configure TeXstudio to use biber. It's not that I can't find a way, I'm just wondering what is the intended way, i.e. coming from WinEdt I'm used to that "Build" or "Compile" triggers a latex biber latex latex sequence. But I had to find out that TeXstudio is apparently not configured that way by default. By default, "Build and View" triggers txs:///compile | txs:///view, and compile, according to the manual "calls txs:///pdflatex that calls the actual pdflate[x]". There is not even a toolbar button to trigger biber. I had to look for it in the menus and set it off manually (or press F11). This makes no sense to me, so I'm wondering if I'm missing something?

Here is what I've done: I now have changed the default compiler to trigger latex biber latex latex (or rather: txs:///compile | txs:///bibliography | txs:///compile | txs:///compile | txs:///view, to be precise). But then I noticed the "Repeat contained compilation commands" buttons which kinda seemed a nice idea but didnt really make sense to me, so I turned that off for the default compiler since I want to call it once before biber and twice after biber, which is not possible if it's set to repeat. So I'm kinda wondering if I'm just not getting the TeXstudio logic or why does it look like it does... It's so strange.

P.S. Just to clarify: this question is not really about biber. It's just that I'm using biber. I guess the same questions would arise using bibtex.

Update: I admit that my exact question was not so clear. I guess I am trying to understand how TeXstudio runs the compilation sequence and how it can be customized, i.e. what the logic of the (advanced) configuration options is.

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Hi Christoph, what is your precise question here, sorry could not follow you. – texenthusiast Mar 17 '13 at 6:45
I recommend the usage of arara. The documentation has an extra part about the configuration of editors. ctan.org/pkg/arara – Marco Daniel Mar 17 '13 at 6:54
arara is indeed an interesting tool, but it does not solve but rather circumvents my question. – Christoph Mar 17 '13 at 17:16

To make TeXStudio, currently version 2.5.2, use biber by default, click

Options > Configure TeXStudio > Build > Default Bibliography > Biber

Pressing F1 should now run your desired sequence.

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Hm. True. But what is the logic behind this? I don't get it. F1 triggers the sequence defined under "Build & View", right? And there it says by default: txs:///compile | txs:///view, right? And txs:///compile, calls pdflatex, and nothing else (according to the manual). So where does all the other stuff come from? – Christoph Mar 17 '13 at 17:24
Well, documentation is short on that point. The logic is as follows. If you have advanced options enabled, you'll see an entry "Check and update bibliography before compiling" under Options > Configure TeXStudio > Build. If there are changes in the bibliography this triggers txs:///compile | txs:///bibliography | txs:///compile before executing the actual "Build & View". – Tim Hoffmann Mar 17 '13 at 20:26
@TimHoffmann: I see. That does explain a great deal. How does TeXstudio check for changes? I suspect that this did not work properly when I first tried to compile my document and that's why I started to wonder about the configuration... – Christoph Mar 18 '13 at 19:39

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