From: Antonio <antoniogennarini@gm...> - 2014-05-07 19:44:10
i've just discovered refbase and I think its really great to manage huge
bibliographic collections like mine. I was using Zotero which I really
like but I think it get cluncky with a huge collection. Also I don't
really like the idea that my data is hosted on a third party server,
even if just bibliographic references ... so now I have my own little
One thing that i would really like to get straight is the export
function. I would like to export to bib so that I can import in
Zotero/JabRef but preserving the links to the PDF docs where availble.
At the moment I have my "files" folder symlinked to a network folder
that can only be read by the www user. I would like to export the *bib
file but maintaining relative paths to the PDF files so that when in
JabRef I can actually click on the PDF icon. At the moment this doesn't
appear to be possible because you have an absolute path under the "file"
tab in the exported *bib file. So, instread of having
"./files/anderson/2013/Myfile_2013.pdf" it has
"http://127.0.0.1:999//files/anderson/2013/Myfile_2013.pdf"; which is not
very useful when you are exporting to a different PC or network given
that my server is not open to the public.
Is there a way of doing this in the export phase or do I need to come up
with some script that changes the strings for me in the *bib file?
From: Richard Karnesky <karnesky@gm...> - 2014-05-08 02:54:04
We're unlikely to ever release a version with "file://"; or relative
links (as it is relatively rare that the only client will be on the
same machine as the server). However, the file links should already
work using Zotero on the same machine. So, one simple work-around
would be to import them into Zotero & then export them from Zotero.
If you'd like to change the way files are exported in your own version
of refbase, you'd need to change the $URLprefix variable in
However: I don't know, off-hand, how bibutils will handle the re-formed links.
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