Following the description of filecontentsdefmacro environment in the manual of filecontentsdef, I understood that it can be used to save some data in a macro without the need to create a physical file in the working directory.

However, the following MWE doesn't work as I expected. So, my question is how can I store a *.bib file data in a macro without creating a physical file in the working directory?

% arara: lualatex: { options: [ '-synctex=1', '-shell-escape','-interaction=nonstopmode' ]}
% arara: biber
% arara: lualatex: { options: [ '-synctex=1', '-shell-escape','-interaction=nonstopmode' ]}
% arara: lualatex: { options: [ '-synctex=1', '-shell-escape','-interaction=nonstopmode' ]}




    author =    {author},
    title =     {title},
    journal = {journal}


    Lorem ipsum~\cite{key}.
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    You can't. biber wants a file, not some tex macro long gone when biber is called. Beside this it is quite unclear what you would gain - tex creates other files (log, toc) too, so where is the problem with the bib? – Ulrike Fischer Oct 9 at 20:39
  • @UlrikeFischer So, is it possible to create a temporary file from this macro to be called by biber then delete it at the end of the document build? – Diaa Oct 9 at 20:42
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    You don't need this package to create a temporary file - the standard filecontents will do this to. And if you can run biber you should also be able to run some clean up code after it has finished. – Ulrike Fischer Oct 9 at 20:46

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