I am trying to compile an article using XeLaTeX. The article also contain a bibliography file, which I want to print inside the article, without citing any of the bib entry.

Please see below the complete tex code-

\usepackage{fontspec}                       %for loading fonts
\usepackage{xunicode,xltxtra,url,parskip}   %other packages for formatting
\usepackage[big]{layaureo}              %better formatting of the A4 page
\usepackage{supertabular}               %for Grades
\usepackage{titlesec}                   %custom \section

SmallCapsFont = Fontin-SmallCaps.otf,
BoldFont = Fontin-Bold.otf,
ItalicFont = Fontin-Italic.otf


\pagestyle{empty} % non-numbered pages

\font\fb=''[cmr10]'' %for use with \LaTeX command

\section{Section before Publications}
Section before Publications


\section{Section after Publications}
Section after Publications

To compile this code, I initially run XeLaTeX followed by BibTeX. The BibTeX reports following error-

Process started

This is BibTeX, Version 0.99d (TeX Live 2015) The top-level auxiliary file: sample.aux I found no \citation commands---while reading file sample.aux I found no \bibdata command---while reading file sample.aux I found no \bibstyle command---while reading file sample.aux (There were 3 error messages)

Process exited with error(s)

Below is the necessary detail-

  • Tex Live 2015
  • Texmaker 4.5

I don't see the bib entries in the generated article. What's wrong here?

  • 1
    What if you load biblatex with the backend=bibtex option i.e. \usepackage[backend=bibtex]{biblatex}?
    – Dai Bowen
    Nov 29, 2016 at 16:03
  • @DaiBowen: Awesome. It works perfectly. Can you please write down it as an answer, also describing the cause of the error?
    – ravi
    Nov 29, 2016 at 16:21
  • Remove \font\fb=''[cmr10]'': it is syntactically wrong and is useless anyway.
    – egreg
    Nov 29, 2016 at 17:05

1 Answer 1


The biblatex package has support for two backends for processing/extracting entries from the bib file, bibtex and biber although bibtex is only supported for a subset of the possible biblatex functions detailed in 3.14 Using the fallback BibTeX backend of the biblatex documentation.

By default the preferred backend of biber is expected when biblatex is loaded and thus different information is written to the aux file, incompatible with the necessary code for bibtex. In order to run bibtex with biblatex the package call must explicitly say that bibtex will be used by passing the backend=bibtex option to biblatex i.e. \usepackage[backend=bibtex]{biblatex} if no other options are called.

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