#1068 Unresponsive with Empty BibTeX key warning

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JabRef just became unresponsive when I tried to save my database.

I had an Article entry window open, and the entry inadvertently did NOT have a bibtex key.
When I pressed the save button, I was prompted with a "Warning: Empty BibTeX key. Grouping may not work for thsi entry." window.
However, the buttons etc. of this window were unresponsive.....



  • Morten Omholt Alver

    Thank you for reporting this! I can't immediately reproduce this - I get the same warning, but I can click Ok to dismiss it, and the save proceeds. Could it be in your case that there was somehow a different warning appearing at the same time? Did you save this database only, or did you save all databases?

  • Niklaus Kuehnis

    Niklaus Kuehnis - 2012-06-27

    I have a similar problem:
    Added a new entry of type Software, keeping all required fields empty, including key.
    Switched to the source tab, changed 'software' into 'misc'.
    Result: JabRef Freezes with empty bibtex key warning. Need to kill it.

    JabRef 2.8 on Windows Vista.

  • Morten Omholt Alver

    I'm making a kind of brute force fix for this in the next version - replacing the dialog popup with a status line message. I don't think this reduces the value of the warning very much, while on the other hand it prevents the freezing issue (which was surprisingly hard to address) and also in my opinion removes an annoyance.

    Marking this as Fixed.

  • Tobias

    Tobias - 2015-11-13

    Seems to be indeed fixed. If not, then please get back to us and we open this bug report again.

  • Tobias

    Tobias - 2015-11-13
    • status: pending --> closed
    • Group: --> next release

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