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My article paper.tex compiles fine, but myBib.bib doesn't.

$ pdflatex paper.tex
$ bibtex myBib
I couldn't open file name `myBib.aux'

I happen to be using TeXShop, but the command line is unambiguous.

Thanks in advance.

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bibtex paper rather than bibtex myBib. –  Ian Thompson Jul 25 '12 at 20:58
    
Wow, that works. –  Nick Vence Jul 25 '12 at 21:07
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@NickVence myBib.bib is only a database, which may contain many entries that you don't cite in your paper. It's in paper.tex that you tell the system what bibliographic database to use (with \bibliography{myBib}). So it's paper which you must run BibTeX on (precisely paper.aux, but the extension can be omitted). –  egreg Jul 25 '12 at 23:04
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In addition to Ian Thompson's comment, if you are using TeXShop then you don't even have to bother with the command line, as TeXShop provides you with a graphical interface. Just switch to BibTeX in the pop-up menu after a first LaTeX compilation, then press typeset (this is equivalent to calling bibtex paperin the command line) exactly as for a LaTeX compilation, then switch back to LaTeX and press Typeset (equivalent to command line pdflatex paper.tex; two compilations are needed).

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