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This is my first question here. I have a problem that bibtex just suddenly failed me. I get the following error message in the console but it doesn't help me much. What does "This operation is supported only when you are connected to the server" mean?

This is BibTeX, Version 0.99d (MiKTeX 2.9) The top-level auxiliary file: biblatex_ex.aux The style file: biblatex.bst

bibtex.EXE: Windows API error 1251: This operation is supported only when you are connected to the server.

bibtex.EXE: Data: \dustaff\home\kss\Documents\PaperI\texbib:bibPaper1.bib texify: "C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex\bin\bibtex.EXE" failed for some reason.

Thankful for any help.

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Can you provide a MWE so other people can try this? –  Chris Oct 29 '13 at 14:49
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@Michael I'm not sure that this is the kind of problem that will be helped with a minimal example. Kristin, try changing the MikTeX update settings to point to a different update source and see if that changes the behaviour. –  Alan Munn Oct 29 '13 at 14:59
    
I can give you the code and see if you can compile it, but my main interest is to know if anyone else recognize this error-message. –  Kristin Oct 29 '13 at 15:07
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This might not be the solution to your problem but worth a shot! There might be a new entry in your bibliography file with a bad formatted url. If this is the case, remove/correct it, then clean all the auxiliary files and try again. Might not solve the problem but again, could be helpful. –  Pouya Oct 29 '13 at 15:08
    
@Pouya You are the angel of the day! When I go back in my mind, I think the error occured when I added a new entry with an url. I'm quite new to BibTex so I don't know all it's mysterious ways yet... Big thanks! –  Kristin Oct 29 '13 at 15:20
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There might be a new entry in your bibliography file with a badly formatted URL field. First locate such entry and correct the url field (or remove it if you're not interested in urls).

Then clean all the auxiliary files and try again.

P.S. When downloading bibtex entries from conferences and journals websites, one has to be careful about the way they have formatted them. As an example IEEE have their own style and if you are not using that style, the resulting bibliography might be unexpectedly problematic!

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