[R] running texi2dvi without running bibtex

Aidan Corcoran aidan.corcoran11 at gmail.com
Wed Dec 7 18:24:24 CET 2011

Hi Duncan,

thanks for your help. Unfortunately

  texi2dvi("onepager", pdf = TRUE, texi2dvi = "pdflatex")

seems to run into the same issue. I searched the documentation as you
suggested (http://docs.miktex.org/2.9/manual/pdftex.html) and also
checked pdflatex --help, but can't find a command line option to
prevent the bibtex call. I think there should be one, since it's an
option in texniccenter, but I guess this is now a latex not an r
question (although I'm not sure exactly where I would put the command
line option in the texi2dvi call above). If I can't find a way to do
it then I'll take the batch approach as you suggested.

Thanks again!


I know texniccenter has an option to not run bibtex when calling
pdflatex, but this is a tick box so I can’t find out what the command
line option is from there.

On Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 3:13 PM, Duncan Murdoch <murdoch.duncan at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 07/12/2011 6:47 AM, Aidan Corcoran wrote:
>> Dear all,
>> I was hoping someone may know a way of running texi2dvi while ignoring
>> bibtex errors, or any other work around (such as not running bibtex at
>> all, if possible).
>> The context is that I have an R program that does some calculations
>> and writes a table into various folders, one per country for several
>> countries. I have a latex file that takes the table as an input, and
>> this latex file is copied into each folder. I would like to use R to
>> compile the latex files, to avoid having to open and compile them
>> individually. The files are simple one page files with no citations,
>> so need no biblio.
>> If I switch to one of the folders containing a table and a latex file and
>> run
>>   texi2dvi("onepager", pdf = TRUE, clean = FALSE, quiet = FALSE,
>>          texi2dvi = getOption("texi2dvi"),
>>          texinputs = NULL, index = TRUE)
>> I get
>>  running command '"C:\PROGRA~1\MIKTEX~1.9\miktex\bin\texi2dvi.exe"
>> --pdf "onepager"  -I "C:/PROGRA~1/R/R-213~1.0/share/texmf/tex/latex"
>> -I "C:/PROGRA~1/R/R-213~1.0/share/texmf/bibtex/bst"' had status 1
>> and no pdf produced.
>> I think the problem is that the absence of a biblio causes an error.
>> The files compile in Texniccenter (with a warning on "no \citation
>> commands" etc). Does anyone know of a trick to avoid this problem?
>> Thanks very much for any help!
> You might want to check the MikTeX documentation to see if there's an option
> to do that, but I couldn't spot one listed in "texi2dvi --help".  So I'd
> suggest that you don't use the texi2dvi executable, just run pdflatex via
> texi2dvi("onepager", texi2dvi="pdflatex", ...)
> (or by setting the texi2dvi option) with the ... being appropriate other
> commands.  If that doesn't work, then write a batch or cmd file to do
> exactly what you want, and use system() to run it.
> Duncan Murdoch

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