bbl2bib man page

bbl2bib.pl — convert thebibliography environment to a bib file

Synopsis

bbl2bib.pl [-d] [-u] [-o output] file

Options

[-d]

Send debugging output to stdout

-o output

Output file.  If this option is not used, the name for the  output file is formed by changing the extension to ".bib"

-u

Do not clean URL fields.

Normally "bbl2bib" recognizes URL fields of the kind "http://dx.doi.org" and their variants and converts them to DOI fields (see also biburl2doi(1) script).  The switch -u suppresses this cleanup.

Description

The script tries to reconstruct a "bib" file from the corresponding "thebibliography" environment.  One can argue that this operation is akin to reconstructing a cow from the steak.  The way the script does it is searching for the entry in the MR database, and creating the corresponding BibTeX fields.

The script reads a TeX or Bbl file and extracts from it the "thebibliography" environment.  For each bibitem it creates a plain text bibliography entry, and then  tries to match it in the database.

Input File

We assume some structure of the input file:

1.

The bibliography is contained between the lines

   \begin{thebibliography}...

and

   \end{thebibliography}
2.

Each bibliography item starts from the line

   \bibitem[...]{....}

Examples

   bbl2bib  -o - file.tex > result.bib
   bbl2bib  -o result.bib file.bbl
   bbl2bib  file.tex

Author

Boris Veytsman

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