I've just starting learning the LaTeX ropes in the past couple weeks and I am loving it!! There is just one (last, yeah right!) thing that I am trying to get to work. I'm managing my citations with JabRef, because I really like the easy of editing in the GUI, and although I was planning on entering all my citations manually it appears as if JabRef has a method of pushing citations to LaTeX editors but I can't get it to work with LaTeXila in Ubuntu 12.04. I was wondering if anyone here has set this up and it willing to let me know how it's done.

Sorry if this question has already been answered I was unable to find a solution any where. I am using natbib with \citep and using the JabRef generated .bib file I am getting exactly the bibliography I want. This would just makes things that one tiny bit easier. Thanks so much!

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    Welcome to TeX.sx! I do not know if/how this is possible, but can always copy the bibtexkey with Ctrl + Shift + K, or \cite{<bibtexkey>} with Ctrl + K. Not quite as automatic as you would like, but not entirely manual either. (Then again, you were perhaps aware of this, in which please forgive me the noise.) Commented Feb 27, 2013 at 20:18
  • Thanks Torbjørn! I did know about that and I know I'm being really picky and I don't really need a solution but the perfectionist part of me wonders if it could be even better. Commented Feb 27, 2013 at 20:49
  • Did you find a button for settings for latexila inside jabref preferences --> External programs? If so, you can click it and set it as you wish.
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    Commented Feb 27, 2013 at 23:20
  • Thanks @HarishKumar. There is a option for LaTeX editor but when I point JabRef to /usr/bin/latexila (I'm assuming that is correct). It doesn't work. I'm probably missing something. Commented Feb 28, 2013 at 0:18

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JabRef can only 'push' citations to programs it is set up to interact with. It has a list of several common ones which provide the necessary 'back end' for this to work. However, LaTeXila is not on the list (the setting for 'LaTeXeditor' is a particular program, LEd, not a generic hook). As such, you have to stick to the 'by hand' root, using Ctrl + K to copy \cite{<key>} if appropriate. Of course you can also make a feature request for LaTeXila to be added to the 'known' editor list,.

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