Consider this MWE:

  author={A. Anyone}}

 \chapter{My document}
This is my text

›Collecting‹ the bib-file I can use:

bundledoc --include="*.bib" bundledocbib.dep

But as soon as I use it with --keepdirs as in

bundledoc --keepdirs  --include="*.bib" bundledocbib.dep

the bib-files are omitted.

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    I didn't know of the existence of bundledoc. It's nice to know.
    – gusbrs
    Feb 24, 2018 at 22:21
  • It is great! But has some strange behaviours, see as well: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/416928/… Feb 24, 2018 at 22:25
  • Nice indeed! I gave thought of this before, on how to store a document for long term. And I thought the only way to assure an identical build would be to store all files, packages and executables involved. Glad to see it is already "bundled". :)
    – gusbrs
    Feb 24, 2018 at 22:37
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    Write the author and ask him. May 24, 2018 at 20:52
  • Does anyone know why the *.bbl file is included by biblatex but the *.bib file is not? I would say that the *.bib file is the original source (and therefore clearly a dependency) and was quite astonished that it is not in the *.dep file in the first place. May 29, 2018 at 6:37

1 Answer 1


1) Workaround that addresses the bug in bundledoc

I could reproduce the behavior using TeXlive 2016 on Debian. Apparently there is a bug in the bundledoc script that does not expand the relative path to an absolute path, which is required for the keepdirs option.

When I provided the absolute path, the bib file was included with and without the keepdirsoption.

bundledoc --include=`pwd`/*.bib ...

I believe this is a reasonable workaround. But Ulrike is right, the package developers should know about this.

2) Workaround that adds the *.bib file to *.dep

Also, I found that adding a line

*{file} {test.bib} {0000/00/00 v0.0}

to the *.dep file lead to correct behavior, i.e., the *.bib file was added to the archive with and without --keepdirs. Of course, doing this manually is unconvenient, so one may consider including


in the preamble of the document. Then, the extra option --include=*.bib is not required anymore.

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