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I'm using this CV template and it was working fine in the past. But now the same file gives the following error:

package keyval error: bibtex8 undefined

I tried the following two different codes:

    , bibstyle=authoryear-comp
    , labelyear=false
    , defernumbers=true
    , maxnames=20
    , firstinits=true
    , uniquename=init
    , dashed=false


, bibstyle=authoryear-comp
, labelyear=false
, defernumbers=true
, maxnames=20
, firstinits=true
, uniquename=init
, dashed=false
, backend = bibtex8

Any help in this regard will be highly appreciated.

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Have you tried with bibtex as the option for backend, and then run bibtex8 instead of bibtex? –  Guido Mar 17 '13 at 9:23
I get no errors. Please add a minimal working example (MWE) that illustrates your problem. Is your distribution up to date? –  Marco Daniel Mar 17 '13 at 9:28
Thanks @Guido for your comment. Can you explain your comment in detail? Thanks –  MYaseen208 Mar 17 '13 at 9:36
According to the biblatex manual biblatex does not know whether one runs bibtex or bibtex8. The differences between bibtex8 and bibtex (beside memory) are on sorting (mix-case sorting is allowed in bibtex8) and handling of non-ASCII characters. The other option is to check whether you distribution is up to date (and eventually you can have a go with biber). –  Guido Mar 17 '13 at 10:48
@MYaseen208 Can you add \listfiles to your input and see what the resulting File List in the log says? I wonder what version of biblatex you have installed. –  Joseph Wright Mar 17 '13 at 11:22

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The problem is that you are giving


instead of the required


as bibtex8 is a value for the backend key and not a key in its own right.

A full example which works fine for me:


and gives file list

 *File List*
 article.cls    2007/10/19 v1.4h Standard LaTeX document class
  size10.clo    2007/10/19 v1.4h Standard LaTeX file (size option)
biblatex.sty    2013/01/10 v2.5 programmable bibliographies (PK/JW/AB)
biblatex1.sty    2013/01/10 v2.5 programmable bibliographies (bibtex) (PK/JW/AB
etoolbox.sty    2011/01/03 v2.1 e-TeX tools for LaTeX
    etex.sty    1998/03/26 v2.0 eTeX basic definition package (PEB)
  keyval.sty    1999/03/16 v1.13 key=value parser (DPC)
  logreq.sty    2010/08/04 v1.0 xml request logger
  logreq.def    2010/08/04 v1.0 logreq spec v1.0
  ifthen.sty    2001/05/26 v1.1c Standard LaTeX ifthen package (DPC)
     url.sty    2006/04/12  ver 3.3  Verb mode for urls, etc.
blx-compat.def    2013/01/10 v2.5 biblatex compatibility (PK/JW/AB)
standard.bbx    2013/01/10 v2.5 biblatex bibliography style (PK/JW/AB)
 numeric.bbx    2013/01/10 v2.5 biblatex bibliography style (PK/JW/AB)
 numeric.cbx    2013/01/10 v2.5 biblatex citation style (PK/JW/AB)
 english.lbx    2013/01/10 v2.5 biblatex localization (PK/JW/AB)
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Even using \usepackage[backend=bibtex8]{biblatex} throws the same error. –  MYaseen208 Mar 17 '13 at 12:07
I'm using this cv template. –  MYaseen208 Mar 17 '13 at 12:13
@MYaseen208 Please try my MWE and compare your file list to mine, then report back. –  Joseph Wright Mar 17 '13 at 12:14
Every item my file list exactly matches with yours. Thanks a lot for your time and effort. –  MYaseen208 Mar 17 '13 at 12:22
@MYaseen208 In that case something odd is going on: can you e-mail me your .log file (joseph.wright@morningstar2.co.uk) –  Joseph Wright Mar 17 '13 at 12:23

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