I was used to using BibTeX for my bibliographies, but was convinced to switch to BibLaTeX. I use MikTeX, so I went through the trouble of finding and creating a typesetting shortcut for Biber, and I thought I was ready to go.

With the example below, the text compiles, but the citekeys show in bold, and no bibliography prints at all.

I tried updating MikTeX (didn't help, and now I can't seem to go back to BibTeX) I have run pdfLaTeX, Biber, pdfLaTeX, pdfLaTex, and other combinations numerous times. I Don't know what I could be doing wrong. Any insight?

I set up my file like this:

\usepackage[backend=biber, style=ieee]{biblatex}

text text text \cite{smith2017computer}.



The citation, in the file BibDB.bib looks like:

    title={Computer stuff},
    author={Smith, John Q and Doe, Jane},
    journal={Computer Scientist},

When I run biber with this, I get the error message:

Cannot find control file 'Example.bcf'! - did you pass the "backend=biber" option to BibLaTeX?

The full .blg reads

[1] Config.pm:354> INFO - This is Biber 2.7
[2] Config.pm:357> INFO - Logfile is 'Example.blg'
[263] biber-MSWIN64:303> INFO - === 
[1951] Utils.pm:180> ERROR - Cannot find control file 'Example.bcf'! - did you pass the "backend=biber" option to BibLaTeX?
[1952] Biber.pm:113> INFO - ERRORS: 1

I did pass that argument, so I don't know what to do or how to fix it.

closed as off-topic by moewe, Stefan Pinnow, gernot, user36296, Torbjørn T. Mar 6 '17 at 17:47

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  • Can you edit in the .log and .blg files? – Joseph Wright Mar 4 '17 at 18:43
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    A pdfLaTeX run will always generate a .log. If you have extensions hidden then you may struggle to identify it: turn that off! The .logg and the .blg are both text files: open them with your TeX editor (and ignore the fact that Windows is confused by the extension). – Joseph Wright Mar 4 '17 at 18:53
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    Your code works for me, try deleting all the auxiliary files (of course, keep the .tex and .bib ones) and then run again pdflatex>biber>pdflatex>pdflatex. – CarLaTeX Mar 4 '17 at 19:09
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    @moewe, I have had to do a (full and complete) uninstall of MiKTeX, and I'm running TexWorks from TeXLive now. I'm also back to bibTeX, because I need to move forward with my project. I appreciate the help, thanks very much. – Aarow Mar 6 '17 at 14:39
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the OP removed and re-installed (another) the TeX distribution in the meantime, so that there is now no way to find out what caused the issue. – moewe Mar 6 '17 at 17:04

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