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bbl2bib(1) CROSSREF LIBRARY bbl2bib(1)

NAME - convert thebibliography environment to a bib file

SYNOPSIS [ -o output] file


-o output
Output file. If this option is not used, the name for the output file is formed by changing the extension to ".bib"


The script tries to reconstruct a "bib" file from the corresponding "thebibliography" environment. One can argue that this operation is akin to reconstructing a cow from the steak. The way the script does it is searching for the entry in the MR database, and creating the corresponding BibTeX fields.
The script reads a TeX or Bbl file and extracts from it the "thebibliography" environment. For each bibitem it creates a plain text bibliography entry, and then tries to match it in the database. =head1 INPUT FILE
We assume some structure of the input file:
The bibliography is contained between the lines
Each bibliography item starts from the line


   bbl2bib  -o - file.tex > result.bib
   bbl2bib  -o result.bib file.bbl
   bbl2bib  file.tex


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