[Tex/LaTex] Biber Problem in OSX: why references not compiled?


[Update] This is solved thanks to Adam Liter's contribution in chat. This is summarised to a community answer below.

I cannot understand why the references do not get compiled. I am running Yosemite 10.10 and newest MacTeX. They got compiled in another document a few days ago. We are having a discussion about this bug in the chat — welcome to join us!

Why are the references not getting compiled?

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\section{Problem Statament \cite{problemStatement}}


    Date-Added = {2014-11-17 15:45:23 +0000},
    Date-Modified = {2014-11-17 15:46:00 +0000},
    Lastchecked = {17th November 2014},
    Url = {http://www.ipt.ntnu.no/~kleppe/TPG4150/2014.pdf}}

Best Answer

Update3: keep the MacTeX automatically updated

sudo su
tlmgr update --self --all

Update 2: removing the cache of biber solved the reoccurring problem

The biber problem reoccurred and egreg directed to the solution Biblatex/biber fails with a strange error about missing recode_data.xml file so

rm -rf `biber --cache`

Update 1: updating MacTex solved the problem

This was an OSX related thing: I had biber 1.8 and after updating the whole TeX Live with "Tex Live Utility" things started to work. It was not enough to update to the newest MacTeX! You have to also update things with the Graphical tool in OSX!

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I thank Adam Liter for finding the solution in the chat:

I'm on a Mac right now, and I get the same error you see in System Preferences. However, I haven't had any problems updating my TeX distro with TeX Live Utility. If you just search TeX Live Utility in Spotlight, you should see it come up. After you open it, it will allow you to update all of your packages.

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