# Missing bbl file with biblatex and biber [closed]

I have a problem where citations are correctly displayed on one machine (OSX 10.5) but fail on another machine (Ubuntu 10.04).

Basically I have a set of .tex files and a .bib file and run the following commands to produce a PDF file:

``````pdflatex main  # there's main.tex
biber main
pdflatex main
pdflatex main
``````

Comparing logs from the two machines, it seems .bbl file is not created on the machine that failed to produce proper citation.

``````Package biblatex Info: ... file 'main.bbl' not found.
No file main.bbl.
``````

Should biber produce the bbl file? How should I go about troubleshooting why this process doesn't work on Ubuntu?

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Are you telling `biblatex` to use Biber (with `\usepackage[backend=biber]{biblatex}`? If so, you should get a `.blg` file containing any errors/warnings, once you've run Biber. By the way, with `biblatex` you only normally need to run `pdflatex` once after running Biber. – Joseph Wright Apr 18 '12 at 6:34
Try running manually `biber`. Its installation can get corrupted, but in this case the shell message should be clear about it. – egreg Apr 18 '12 at 6:44
Yes, biber creates the .bbl so see what biber says when you run it – PLK Apr 18 '12 at 18:02
Good to know about running pdflatex just once after biber. @JosephWright – Grnbeagle Apr 18 '12 at 18:45
Yes, @egreg and PLK running biber alone helped troubleshoot the issue. Thanks for the suggestion! – Grnbeagle Apr 18 '12 at 18:48

## closed as too localized by Werner, Stefan Kottwitz♦Apr 18 '12 at 20:00

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