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Trying to create a simple document with package natbib but I get the following

pdflatex mydocument.tex

is fine but with some warnings like

Package natbib Warning: Citation `Dukes:2011:OSP:2206329.2206341' on page 1 und
efined on input line 15.

and bibtex mydocument.aux complains that it can't the find the 'plainnat.bst' file.

---line 11 of file proposal.aux
 : \bibstyle{plainnat
 :                   }
I'm skipping whatever remains of this command
I found no style file---while reading file proposal.aux

I have MacTex 2012 and have made sure that I have plainnat in ~/Library/texmf/bibtex/bst.

Example that does not work

\documentclass[12pt]{article}

\usepackage[authoryear]{natbib}

\begin{document}

Bla bla bal \citep{test}

\bibliographystyle{plainnat}
\bibliography{../bibliography}

\end{document}

where bibliography.bib is

@article{test,
author = "aba",
title = "a",
journal = "aa",
year = "2013"}
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Welcome to TeX.sx! A tip: You can use backticks ` to mark your inline code as I did in my edit. If you indent lines by 4 spaces or enclose words in backticks `, they'll be marked as code, as can be seen in my edit. You can also highlight the code and click the "code" button (with "{}" on it). –  Guido Jan 6 '13 at 22:56
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You shouldn't need to have a local copy of plainnat.bst since it is part of MacTeX already. Can you post a minimal document that shows the problem. –  Alan Munn Jan 6 '13 at 23:00
    
I have edited my question to include an example that does not work. –  hajder Jan 7 '13 at 22:44
    
As already Alan said, you shouldn't need to have plainnat.bst in your home subtree. You should have it in /usr/local/texlive/2012/texmf-dist/bibtex/bst/natbib/plainnat.bst; please, check it. –  egreg Jan 8 '13 at 7:40
    
Your posted code compiles fine here. Could there be a problem with file permissions? –  Andrew Swann Jan 8 '13 at 7:59
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closed as too localized by Alan Munn, lockstep, Guido, diabonas, Paul Gaborit Jan 13 '13 at 22:49

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It seems that my bibtex command was an old version (2010). I don't know how it was using that path while the other TeX commands are 2012.

So I changed the order of the paths in PATH in my .bash_profile so bibtex was version 2012. It works fine now.

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