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In my installation of TeXlive + TeXworks, it has latexmk, but I didn't like latexmk, because when only a single pdflatex is needed, it does some multiple runs. In addition, latexmk sometimes does not run multiple times, even when necessary, and latexmk is slower than pdflatex for a single run.

How can I configure a typeset menu that does simply pdflatex + bibtex + pdflatex + pdflatex?

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Why not use the regular pdflatex most of the time, and just use latexmk when you want to run bibtex? –  Alan Munn Jul 6 '11 at 19:13
    
@Alan It might be the best way. –  FEQ Jul 6 '11 at 19:21
    
@Jasper I maybe had to say, latexmk is slower than the simple pdflatex even for a single run. Even further, sometimes I needed to force bibtex, when only bib file is modified. I can't make it re-happen now, but some weird cases happened. –  FEQ Jul 6 '11 at 19:26
    
@Jasper I don't agree; I find latexmk useful in the last stages of document preparation, but not as my everyday typesetting script. Most of the time when you are recompiling a document you don't care much about resolved references etc. but more about whether the content is correct in other ways. And latexmk does seem to be slower overall. –  Alan Munn Jul 6 '11 at 19:30
    
This question is a bit confusing: You mention that you don't like the fact that latexmk does multiple runs, yet the scenario you provide has 4 runs of pdflatex. –  Peter Grill Oct 6 '11 at 3:21
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Although your installation has latexmk, according to this link it is no longer packaged as part of TeXWorks as of r865. The reason given for this is that latemk is not available on all platforms.

To manually setup latexmk for use with TeXWorks see configure latexmk in Texworks 0.2.3.

If there are specific cases where you find that latexmk does more runs then necessary you should report those so that latemk can be enhanced to correct these.

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