I saw here: https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/38290/69378 that

You can reference central-bibliography.bib at an absolute or relative (preferred) location from within the \bibliography command:


I haven't been able to duplicate this behavior using bibunits and \defaultbibliography{}. Is this impossible? Or have I have I hopefully missed something superficial?

The reason I am trying to implement a solution like this, is I am sharing a common bib and bst file (among many others; which are all under heavy development) with my collaborators, but to ensure everyone is working from the same up-to-date file, I have to put the path references in the tex code, because everyone is using a different method to compile the code. I was hoping I could add a path to \graphicspath{} but they don't seem to communicate. Unfortunately as well, a back trace /../ is out of the question as everybody's path to the dropbox will be different.


\defaultbibliography{F:/Work/Dropbox/__.Bib Files To Merge/CombinedBibFile}% tried with and without quotes
\defaultbibliographystyle{F:/Work/Dropbox/__.Bib Files To Merge/IEEEtranNcustom}% removes URL additions 

Text with citation \cite{BIBTEX_KEY_HERE).


I welcome any more robust answers, but I have solved this issue by removing spaces from the file path.

I originally didn't think that was going to be successful, because I had tried (with no success)

  1. adding quotation marks around the path
  2. tried out the recommendation here: https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/27537/69378 but using \detokenize{} and replacing spaces with ~.
  • You can also try adding \string before the tilde (~) when using the MS-DOS 8.3 file name format.
    – phell
    May 4 '16 at 21:19

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