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There are quite few posts with the same problem and I think I tried all of them, and couldn't solve the issue.

I am using a thesis template and Texmaker on Ubuntu, so, I guess following lines related to reference.

\bibliographystyle{plainnat}
\bibliography{bibbase}

I have an empty planinnat.bst,

and this is my .bib file

@INPROCEEDINGS {author:06,
 title    = {Some publication title},
 author   = {First Author and Second Author},
 crossref = {conference:06},
 pages    = {330—331},
}
@PROCEEDINGS {conference:06,
 editor    = {First Editor and Second Editor},
 title     = {Proceedings of the Xth Conference on XYZ},
 booktitle = {Proceedings of the Xth Conference on XYZ},
 year      = {2006},
 month     = oct,
}

and by running bibtex on the .aux file a .blg file is generated and it looks like this

This is 8-bit Big BibTeX version 0.99c Implementation:  C for Unix Release version: 3.71 (31 May 2005)

The 8-bit codepage and sorting file: 88591lat.csf The top-level auxiliary file: master2010.aux The style file: plainnat.bst

Here's how much of BibTeX's memory you used:  Cites:                 4 out of 750  Fields:                0 out of 17250  Hash table:         4998 out of 5000  Strings:              89 out of 4000  String pool:   590 out of 65530  Wizard functions:      0 out of 3000

So, apparently bibtex found 4 citations, and I expect to have a .bbl file as well, but it's empty.

EDIT : I found a plainnat.bst from here, and now, .bbl is not empty anymore,but its not what I expect !

Its just like this

\begin{thebibliography}{1}
\expandafter\ifx\csname natexlab\endcsname\relax\def\natexlab#1{#1}\fi
\expandafter\ifx\csname url\endcsname\relax
  \def\url#1{{\tt #1}}\fi

\bibitem[aut()]{author:06}


\end{thebibliography}
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what do you mean with "I have an empty plainnat.bst"? Has the style file no contents? –  Herbert Aug 16 '11 at 14:51
    
no content at all !, could it be predefined in latex ? –  user5387 Aug 16 '11 at 15:07
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An empty plainnat.bst file is unusual. Double check the file; run in a terminal kpsewhich plainnat.bst to find the location of the file in your system and check the contents of that file. If, for some reason, it was accidentally deleted or overwritten, you can find the file in CTAN: plainnat.bst –  Gonzalo Medina Aug 16 '11 at 16:19
    
I recommend to use the package biblatex. It is more comfortably and I am sure you will find more person who are able to work with biblatex than any bst-file. –  Marco Daniel Aug 16 '11 at 17:05
    
thanks guys, the problem was the empty plainnat.bst ! –  user5387 Aug 16 '11 at 17:12
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An empty plainnat.bst file is unusual. Double check the file; run in a terminal

kpsewhich plainnat.bst

to find the location of the file in your system and check the contents of that file. If, for some reason, it was accidentally deleted or overwritten, you can find the file in CTAN: plainnat.bst

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