bibliographic software (linux only)

Paul A. Rubin parubin73 at
Fri Sep 11 17:34:44 UTC 2020

On 9/11/20 12:26 PM, Rich Shepard wrote:
> I've used JabRef for years but 5.x frustrates me to no end. They've 
> lost the
> emacs keyboard chords that were present from 1.x through 4.x so to 
> edit an
> abstract, for example, I need to use the arrow and Del keys. And, they've
> changed the UI so some data entry tabs have their widgets on the left 
> half
> of the application window and the entry preview on the right halt. But,
> accessing the right-hand column of the data entry widgets must be done 
> blind
> because that half window cannot be expanded to the right. Serious 
> PITA. Yes,
> I've filed bug issues on both but nothing's been fixed. I've tried using
> KDE's bibliography tool but that was equally frustrating. And Zotero 
> doesn't
> use bibtex.
> Since I'm not a full-time researcher I don't need to share the 
> bibiography
> with collaborators and I will not store it somewhere in the cloud; my 
> data,
> my network. I also don't particularly care for a GUI; text-based works 
> for
> me since that's how I do most of my work (except when using LyX).
> I've about 1,200 books and PDFs in the bibtex database and other than
> entering new documents I want to search primarily by keywords, 
> secondarily
> by authors.
> Does anyone know of a CLI bibliographic tool? Or a basic one with a 
> GUI that
> Just Works(TM)?
> TIA,
> Rich
I haven't used it (I'm sticking with JabRef), but Mendeley 
<> has a 
GUI that seems reasonable to me, can export .bib files, and has an 
interesting "sync" feature that will update exported .bib files without 
having to save a new one. (You still have to click a button to sync 
changes, so I'm not sure this is a huge improvement over just exporting 
a new copy.) I've also seen indications on the Mendeley site that there 
is some sort of drag-and-drop interface where you can just feed it a PDF 
file and have it suss out the basic citation poop. U. of Melbourne has a 
page with information 
<> on how to use 
it with LaTeX.


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