I am having a BibTeX entry in JabRef and the corresponding .bib-file is stored in a Dropbox folder. It links to .pdf-files on two different machines, that means two external links in Tab->General->File. However, it could only open the first link, and when changing the machine, it will be annoying to change the link order. Any idea to solve that?

  • I understand that you found a solution. Would be nice if you answered your own question, so that other people finding this question can easily see how you solved it. Dec 22 '13 at 14:48
  • Sorry, but this is really not about TeX per se
    – Joseph Wright
    Jan 11 '14 at 18:19

Easiest way: put your file next to your .bib in the Dropbox folder and do a relative reference.

Second possible way: Put the file on both machines in a folder with exactly the same directory. Difficult for cross-platform work.

Most flexible but hacky way: Use the File field for one file and the Url field for the other. This would look like this:

  author = {Test},
  title = {Test},
  year = {2013},
  url = {file:///D:/Documents%20and%20Settings/test.pdf},
  file = {:C\:\\Documents and Settings\\test.pdf:PDF},
  owner = {Me},
  timestamp = {2013.11.22}

The url of your file can be addressed as described here.

  • I have to put reference pdf file locally for limited spaces in dropbox. And I have got a better solution. Setting the file directory in database properties in file menu and on different PCs, directories could be different. So one synchronized jabref bib file in dropbox can reach different pdf file subjected to the set local directory. Nov 27 '13 at 13:32

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