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bibtex vs. biber and biblatex vs. natbib

I've heard of many different bibliography-related packages/platforms/?. What's the difference between the following, which is good for what tasks, advantages/disadvantages, which one is the most ...
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How to install “vanilla” TeXLive on Debian or Ubuntu?

Debian and Ubuntu have very good texlive packaging. But I'd like to use tlmgr to have a more fine-grained control about upgrades and which packages I want to be installed. So how do I install "...
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Question mark or bold citation key instead of citation number

I've browsed the forums and found a number of posts that have addressed this issue, but none of the solutions seem to work for me. I have the following script that I just copied from the bibtex home ...
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How to upload LaTeX-generated pdf paper to arXiv without LaTeX sources

arXiv is smart enough to detect whether your PDF is generated by LaTeX. If it is, arXiv asks for the sources of the PDF instead of the PDF file itself. This is really annoying and inconvenient. I ask ...
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Biblatex: submitting to the arXiv

I am trying to submit a LaTeX file to the arXiv which uses biblatex. However, it fails whatever I do. I first get the message biblatex.sty is not found I have tried including (all from TeXLive ...
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Biblatex and arxiv, error

Edit: Upgrade of Mac TeX solved the following problem: Package biblatex Warning: File 'testbib.bbl' is wrong format version - expected 2.8. But now I instead get: ! Package xkeyval Error: `...
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Which biblatex/biber version produces BBL format 2.8?

I try to submit an article with citations to arxiv.org, and the TeX output says Package biblatex Warning: File 'main.bbl' is wrong format version - expected 2.8. Okay, so my local biblatex/biber ...
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TeX Archaeology - Installing historic/old TeX Live Releases

I've inherited an old TeX tree that contains multiple versions of TeX and I'm attempting to determine what local changes were made to specific versions. I understand that in certain cases our binaries ...
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arXiv says that it is possible to upload the .bbl file, but keep getting errors related to BibLaTeX/Biber

I use Biber for my reference in the following format: \usepackage[backend=biber,style=authoryear]{biblatex} ... \addbibresource{REF.bib} ... \printbibliography arXiv recommends to Include .bbl files ...
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What citation package to use

As far as I can tell the three major citation packages are: natbib cite biblatex There already is a discussion on the relation between natbib and biblatex here: bibtex vs. biber and biblatex vs. ...
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Using two installs of texlive in parallel

Some time ago I updated from TeX Live 2014 to 2015. Now I want to sometimes compile a file with last year's version. It seems to be enough to just specify the full path of the executable on the ...
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Inserting bibliography .bbl directly into .tex file causes Undefined control sequence

I'm trying to submit a paper online, and it causes errors BibTex since the online compiler only runs a single pass of pdfLaTeX. The journal recommends including the .bbl directly into the .tex file, ...
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Convenient LaTeX for arXiv

ArXiv does not compile many of the (derivative) auxiliary files for its files, like the .bbl and .ind files, and these files need to be uploaded along with the original source. The main problem with ...
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Can a LaTeX file include the BibTeX file?

Is there a way to include the BibTeX content in the LaTeX file? The issue came up during a revision submission to a journal. I could submit a new main file but I did not see a way of submitting a new ...
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Add bbl file entries to latex document

I have a main file with a corresponding bib file. Now I want to cite items that are found in an already compiled bbl file. How could one combine the 2? Ideas: Add the new \bibitem to main.bbl file, ...

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