Biber is said to have many advantages for those writing in languages other than English but I have been unable to get the results I used to have with bibtex. I have Lyx, biblatex 1.7, and biber 0.9.9.

In my example the citation will show up but not the list of references. This is probably due to the fact that Biber fails to produce a .bbl output although it claims to do so. But why?


Test (\citealt{Egg1975}, 89 Fn.~1)


% This file was created with JabRef 2.8.1.
% Encoding: ISO8859_15
  author = {Egg, Rudolf E.},
  title = {{S}ozialtherapie in {E}rlangen: {M}ethoden und erste {A}uswirkungen
    einer {V}ersuchs- und {E}rprobungsanstalt},
  journal = {Bewährungshilfe},
  year = {1975},
  volume = {22},
  pages = {87-102},
  hyphenation = {german},
  owner = {adessec},
  timestamp = {2012.12.11}


[0] Config.pm:300> INFO - This is Biber 0.9.9
[0] Config.pm:303> INFO - Logfile is 'TestBiberMWE.blg'
[1] biber:145> INFO - === Do Jan 10, 2013, 13:46:34
[1] Biber.pm:271> INFO - Reading 'TestBiberMWE.bcf'
[20] Biber.pm:586> INFO - Found 1 citekeys in bib section 0
[31] Biber.pm:2585> INFO - Processing bib section 0
[50] Biber.pm:2677> INFO - Looking for bibtex format file 'Egg1975.bib' for section 0
[79] bibtex.pm:708> INFO - Found BibTeX data source '/home/adessec/texmf/bibtex/bib/Egg1975.bib'
[112] Biber.pm:2480> INFO - Sorting list 'MAIN' keys
[112] Biber.pm:2484> INFO - No sort tailoring available for locale 'de_DE.UTF-8'
[126] Biber.pm:2480> INFO - Sorting list 'SHORTHANDS' keys
[126] Biber.pm:2484> INFO - No sort tailoring available for locale 'de_DE.UTF-8'
[128] bbl.pm:427> INFO - Writing 'TestBiberMWE.bbl' with encoding 'ascii'
[128] bbl.pm:498> INFO - Output to TestBiberMWE.bbl
  • 1
    Does bibtex run without errors on the same file? If yes, could you please reduce your code to a minimal working example (MWE) and provide also a piece of your .bib file that reproduces the error? Oh and Welcome to TeX.sx! Jan 9, 2013 at 16:14
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    – Guido
    Jan 9, 2013 at 16:31
  • Also, it would be useful to see the log file Biber has produced.
    – Joseph Wright
    Jan 9, 2013 at 16:31
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    Your code works for me (using one of my bib files). By the way, you use an old version of biblatex and biber. Also, using the natibib option makes redundant to declare the natbib commands (\citet, \citep). You can use \citep[89 Fn.~1]{Egg1975}, and the \noindent is useless.
    – Guido
    Jan 9, 2013 at 16:41
  • In some cases, Biber isn't able to start its run because of an internal error that has a rather simple fix. Please, add the contents of the .blg file you find in the working directory.
    – egreg
    Jan 9, 2013 at 23:58


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