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I used this tutorial to export my auxiliary files into a different directory.

Basically i just add -aux-directory=build in Options -> Configure -> Commands and added the build folder into Options -> Configure -> Build -> Build Options -> Additional Search Paths -> Log.

This succesfully generates all the auxilliary files in the build folder and it's also possible to generate the pdf.

Unfortunately biber has a problem with this setup:

Prozess gestartet: biber.exe "MyFile"

INFO - This is Biber 1.7

INFO - Logfile is 'MyFile.blg'

ERROR - Cannot find control file 'MyFile.bcf'! - did you pass the "backend=biber" option to BibLaTeX?


I guess i have to specify the correct path for biber somewhere in Texstudio. Does anyone know where i have to update the path?

In this thread someone had similar problems. Also i'm not sure if the solution of this thread applies to my situation.

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biber --help includes the following information: --output_directory [directory] Files (.bbl and .blg) are output to directory directory instead of the current directory. Input files are also looked for in directory before current directory. [My emphasis.] – cfr Jun 10 '14 at 22:52
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Solution to use Texstudio and output the build (temporary) files into a seperate folder using biber:

  1. Put a new Folder with YourName into the same directory as your main .tex file.
  2. Options -> Configure -> Commands -> PdfLaTeX add -aux-directory=YourName. Result looks something like this: pdflatex.exe -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode -aux-directory= build %.tex
  3. Options -> Configure -> Commands -> Biber add --output_directory YourName. Result looks something like this: biber.exe --output_directory YourName % (careful: i think the space between the name and % is mandatory)
  4. In Options bottom left corner activate the additional options checkbox. Add your folder to Configure -> Build -> Additional Search Paths with .\YourName (or complete path)

Thanks @cfr for the solution!

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The -aux-directory=DIR option is specific to MiKTeX. I think you should mention that in your answer. In TeXlive there is only the -output-directory=DIR option. But it is still possible to achieve a separate output-directory for the .pdf-file as described in the commend to the question [tex.stackexchange.com/questions/96767/mactex-aux-directory-dir] but it involves using a hard link. – Wamseln May 10 '15 at 10:42

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