Both lead developers use Macs as well (although I am most often on
Linux), so I do not think your problems are platformed base. I'll
respond to your note line-by-line, as there are several parts where
I'll need additional clarification to understand what you've done and
what is happening.
> I downloaded Bibutils executable files and saved them in my
> XAMPP/refbase/bibutils folder on localhost.
Which version of bibutils? You may wish to try:
Was the bibutils path automatically detected when you went to install.php?
> I placed some script into the terminal window that I found online and also on my PhpMyAdmin database SQL
> command line.
> It is still not working. I keep getting the <? Character error
> on line one.
Can you please provide the full error message? Are you able to import
other files into refbase? You may wish to start with the import
examples provided at:
> Do you have step by step instructions for taking Endnote XML and getting
> into your refbase using a Mac OS X operating system?
As above, I'd start by downloading the version of bibutils we mirror,
extract it where you had before, run install.php so that the path to
bibutils is added to the database, and you should be ready-to-go.
> Can you recommend something that will help accomplish getting data into the
If you have access to Endnote, I think the endnote2refbase tool in the
contrib directory of refbase may be a bit bitter for a one-time
import. If you can't get bibutils working with your server, you can
also use it on the command line to convert your Endnote XML file to
RIS, which refbase will import directly.
> CSV files also give me trouble and I tend to fail at that effort
> as well. The fields do not import correctly. The delimiter gets misread.
How are you trying to do this?
> Also, some of your code is deprecated ie. ereg are you going to update that?
Matthias had at least started this process in his development version.
> Should I be aware of how to update my refbase database if and when you do
> update ereg?
As with past refbase updates, this will only require that you replace
the files (preserving those that you've customized, notably your
'files' and 'initialize' directories) with the new versions & perhaps
run an upgrade.php script. Detailed updating instructions are
included with our releases.
I hope this helps, or at least can let you know where we need more
information in order to help you more.