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I have a folder, say C:\example\paper with a bib-file C:\example\1.bib.

I also have a tex file C:\example\paper\main.tex where I would like to put a link to 1.bib. I can put the whole path, of course, but I wonder if there is a method to put link for a parent folder C:\example from its subfolder C:\example\paper?

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On a Unix system \bibliography{../1} works; it should also on Windows. – egreg Sep 22 '11 at 9:39
Which Windows version and which filesystem (NTFS or FAT) are you using? – Martin Scharrer Sep 22 '11 at 9:40
I use Windows 7 with NTFS. @egreg, your example works, thanks. Will you write it as an answer? – Ilya Sep 22 '11 at 11:29
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One can refer to the parent folder by ../ both on Unix systems and in Windows; therefore


will work for the bibliography file 1.bib that resides in the parent folder.

Note that paths on Windows are expressed with \, but for TeX related programs the slash / works in its place and is of course preferable.

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