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My output pdf file shows empty references after inserting BibTeX in Lyx 2.0.5. The BibTeX file is created by JabRef 2.9.2 and I am using Windows 7.

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  • did you run bibtex on the project? Commented Jun 7, 2013 at 17:38
  • @ThomWiggers LyX handles that automatically. Commented Jun 7, 2013 at 17:42
  • Have you added any citations to your document? Only cited references are added to the reference list. Commented Jun 7, 2013 at 17:42
  • no i just save the file as .bib format in jabref and then insert it in lyx
    – smf
    Commented Jun 7, 2013 at 17:43
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    You have run into this 7 year old bug that will be fixed for LyX 2.1 (beta to be released soon). bibtex is probably trying to tell you what's wrong but LyX is not passing that information on. To see the bibtex log, export to LaTeX (pdflatex) and compile manually with pdflatex and bibtex. If you don't understand the error, post it here. And yes, similar to what Papiro says, please post a LyX minimal example.
    – scottkosty
    Commented Jun 8, 2013 at 6:34

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You have run into this 7 year old bug that will be fixed for LyX 2.1 (beta to be released soon). bibtex is probably trying to tell you what's wrong but LyX is not passing that information on. To see the bibtex log, export to LaTeX (pdflatex) and compile manually with pdflatex and bibtex. If you don't understand the error, post it here. And yes, similar to what Papiro says, please post a LyX minimal example.

EDIT: note that the bug was not fixed for LyX 2.1. It was viewed as too intrusive of a change. Many users had documents were compiling and were upset when suddenly they received errors. See the ticket (click on "this" above) for more information.

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