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I am writing my bachelor thesis and I struggle with creating a proper bibliography. After having serious problems using bibtex, I have been trying to use biblatex and biber instead, but biber does not create a bibliography at all. Instead, I get this error message

"INFO - This is Biber 2.2 INFO - Logfile is 'minimal.blg'

ERROR - Cannot find control file 'minimal.bcf'! - did you pass the "backend=biber" option to BibLaTeX? INFO - ERRORS: 1"

Although similar questions have already been asked (e. g. Error: Cannot find control file 'references.bcf'! - did you pass the "backend=biber" option to BibLaTeX?), the solutions do not help me at all.

I am using TeXLive 2015.

This is my minimal working example:

\documentclass{scrreprt} 

\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}

\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}

\usepackage[british]{babel}

\usepackage{csquotes}

\usepackage[backend=biber,
style=numeric,
bibencoding=utf8,
natbib=true,
hyperref=true,
sorting=none
]{biblatex}

\addbibresource{sourcesMinimal.bib} 

\usepackage{xcolor}

\usepackage{hyperref} 
    \AtBeginDocument{\renewcommand{\figureautorefname}{figure}}
    \renewcommand{\tableautorefname}{Tab.}
    \hypersetup{
        colorlinks=false,
        allbordercolors={white}}

\begin{document}

test\cite{UniversityofVirginiaSchoolofMedicine.2015}.
test\cite{Yoshie.2004}.

\printbibliography
\end{document}

and this is the corresponding .bib file:

@misc{UniversityofVirginiaSchoolofMedicine.2015,
 author = {{University of Virginia - School of Medicine: Department of Pharmacology}},
 editor = {{University of Virginia - School of Medicine}},
 year = {2015},
 title = {Atomic Force Microscope (AFM)},
 url = {https://pharm.virginia.edu/facilities/atomic-force-microscope-afm/},
 urldate = {2015-09-30}
}


@article{Yoshie.2004,
 author = {Yoshie, T. and Scherer, A. and Hendrickson, J. and Khitrova, G. and Gibbs, H. M. and Rupper, G. and Ell, C. and Shchekin, O. B. and Deppe, D. G.},
 year = {2004},
 title = {Vacuum Rabi splitting with a single quantum dot in a photonic crystal nanocavity},
 pages = {200--203},
 pagination = {page},
 volume = {432},
 number = {7014},
 issn = {1476-4687},
 journal = {Nature},
 doi = {10.1038/nature03119}
}

Here is the corresponding log file:

Package: hobsub-generic 2012/05/28 v1.13 Bundle oberdiek, subset generic (HO)
Package: hobsub 2012/05/28 v1.13 Construct package bundles (HO)
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Package ifvtex Info: VTeX not detected.
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Package ifpdf Info: pdfTeX in PDF mode is detected.
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Package: kvdefinekeys 2011/04/07 v1.3 Define keys (HO)
Package: pdftexcmds 2011/11/29 v0.20 Utility functions of pdfTeX for LuaTeX (HO
)
Package pdftexcmds Info: LuaTeX not detected.
Package pdftexcmds Info: \pdf@primitive is available.
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Package pdftexcmds Info: \pdfdraftmode found.
Package: pdfescape 2011/11/25 v1.13 Implements pdfTeX's escape features (HO)
Package: bigintcalc 2012/04/08 v1.3 Expandable calculations on big integers (HO
)
Package: bitset 2011/01/30 v1.1 Handle bit-vector datatype (HO)
Package: uniquecounter 2011/01/30 v1.2 Provide unlimited unique counter (HO)
)
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Package: xcolor-patch 2011/01/30 xcolor patch
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Package: atbegshi 2011/10/05 v1.16 At begin shipout hook (HO)
Package: refcount 2011/10/16 v3.4 Data extraction from label references (HO)
Package: hycolor 2011/01/30 v1.7 Color options for hyperref/bookmark (HO)
)
(c:/texlive/2015/texmf-dist/tex/generic/ifxetex/ifxetex.sty
Package: ifxetex 2010/09/12 v0.6 Provides ifxetex conditional
)
(c:/texlive/2015/texmf-dist/tex/latex/oberdiek/auxhook.sty
Package: auxhook 2011/03/04 v1.3 Hooks for auxiliary files (HO)
)
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File: pd1enc.def 2012/11/06 v6.83m Hyperref: PDFDocEncoding definition (HO)
Now handling font encoding PD1 ...
... no UTF-8 mapping file for font encoding PD1
)
\Hy@SavedSpaceFactor=\count283
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)
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Package hyperref Info: Option `colorlinks' set `false' on input line 25.
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\openout1 = `minimal.aux'.
LaTeX Font Info: Checking defaults for OML/cmm/m/it on input line 30.
LaTeX Font Info: ... okay on input line 30.
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LaTeX Font Info: ... okay on input line 30.
Package biblatex Info: Input encoding 'utf8' detected.
Package biblatex Info: Data encoding 'utf8' specified.
(biblatex) No need to reencode data.
\openout3 = `minimal.bcf'.
Package biblatex Info: Trying to load bibliographic data...
Package biblatex Info: ... file 'minimal.bbl' not found.
No file minimal.bbl.
Package biblatex Info: Reference section=0 on input line 30.
Package biblatex Info: Reference segment=0 on input line 30.
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Package: gettitlestring 2010/12/03 v1.4 Cleanup title references (HO)
)
\c@section@level=\count297
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LaTeX Info: Redefining \ref on input line 30.
LaTeX Info: Redefining \pageref on input line 30.
LaTeX Info: Redefining \nameref on input line 30.
(build/minimal.out) (build/minimal.out)
\@outlinefile=\write4
\openout4 = `minimal.out'.
LaTeX Warning: Citation 'UniversityofVirginiaSchoolofMedicine.2015' on page 1 u
ndefined on input line 32.
LaTeX Warning: Citation 'Yoshie.2004' on page 1 undefined on input line 34.
LaTeX Warning: Empty bibliography on input line 36.
Package atveryend Info: Empty hook `BeforeClearDocument' on input line 38.
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Package atveryend Info: Empty hook `AfterLastShipout' on input line 38.
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Package atveryend Info: Executing hook `AtVeryEndDocument' on input line 38.
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minimal.out

If you could help me, this would be the best Christmas present this year!

Problem was solved by avoiding an extra output folder (see comments)

  • is the missing comma after bibencoding=utf8 a typo or is it also in your document? – user2478 Dec 14 '15 at 11:08
  • It was also in my document, but adding it does not fix the problem – brick91 Dec 14 '15 at 11:43
  • @brick91 Trash all the auxiliary files and start over with the compile chain. – Johannes_B Dec 14 '15 at 11:45
  • @Johannes_B This does not change the error message – brick91 Dec 14 '15 at 11:50
  • Texstudio + Biber + build folder – Johannes_B Dec 14 '15 at 12:46
2

Run this test document and tell us if it works.

\documentclass{scrreprt} 
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage[british]{babel}
\usepackage[autostyle]{csquotes}
\usepackage[natbib,hyperref,sorting=none]{biblatex}
\addbibresource{biblatex-examples.bib} 
\usepackage{hyperref} 
\begin{document}
foo\nocite{*}   
\printbibliography
\end{document}
  • It produces the same error message – brick91 Dec 14 '15 at 12:01
  • post the output of the biber run and the the auxiliary file of the pdflatex run. I suppose that you have no write access in your working directory. – user2478 Dec 14 '15 at 12:03
  • This is my biber output: Process started INFO - This is Biber 2.2 INFO - Logfile is 'minimal.blg' ERROR - Cannot find control file 'minimal.bcf'! - did you pass the "backend=biber" option to BibLaTeX? INFO - ERRORS: 1 Process exited with error(s) – brick91 Dec 14 '15 at 12:15
  • and this is the aux-file: – brick91 Dec 14 '15 at 12:19
  • \relax \providecommand\hyper@newdestlabel[2]{} \abx@aux@sortscheme{none} \providecommand\HyperFirstAtBeginDocument{\AtBeginDocument} \HyperFirstAtBeginDocument{\ifx\hyper@anchor\@undefined \global\let\oldcontentsline\contentsline \gdef\contentsline#1#2#3#4{\oldcontentsline{#1}{#2}{#3}} \global\let\oldnewlabel\newlabel \gdef\newlabel#1#2{\newlabelxx{#1}#2} \gdef\newlabelxx#1#2#3#4#5#6{\oldnewlabel{#1}{{#2}{#3}}} \AtEndDocument{\ifx\hyper@anchor\@undefined \let\contentsline\oldcontentsline \let\newlabel\oldnewlabel \fi} \fi} – brick91 Dec 14 '15 at 12:20

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