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Re: [O] org-ref "no key found"

From: Julian M. Burgos
Subject: Re: [O] org-ref "no key found"
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:08:13 +0100
User-agent: mu4e; emacs 24.3.1

Hi John,

I am resending this... I think it did not went through the previous

I think I can replicate the org-ref bug now (if it is a bug).  This is
the situation:

a) If I open emacs, load a file that already has some link, and click on
the link (or place the cursor on it and press enter) I get the "no key
found" message and I cannot open the notes file (I get a "Wrong type
argument: stringp, nil"), although the link to the pdf file works.  If I
open more than one file, links do not work in any of them.  At this
point if I check the value of the "org-ref-default-bibliography"
variable, I get the correct path and filename of my .bib file.

b) If I insert a new citation (using Ctrl-]) in any of the documents,
links work as they should in all documents (this is, I get the title and
I can open the notes file).
I should say that I am not using the org-ref-insert-bibliography-link
function, because I use biblatex and I prefer to insert the Latex
\printbibliography command.  But if use it and insert the bibliography
link, the behaviour does not change.

This is what I have in my .emacs file that is related to RefTex and

;; Load RefTex
(add-hook 'LaTeX-mode-hook 'turn-on-reftex)   ; with AUCTeX LaTeX mode
(autoload 'reftex-mode     "reftex" "RefTeX Minor Mode" t)
(autoload 'turn-on-reftex  "reftex" "RefTeX Minor Mode" nil)
(autoload 'reftex-citation "reftex-cite" "Make citation" nil)
(autoload 'reftex-index-phrase-mode "reftex-index" "Phrase mode" t)
(add-hook 'LaTeX-mode-hook 'turn-on-reftex)   ; with AUCTeX LaTeX mode
(add-hook 'latex-mode-hook 'turn-on-reftex)   ; with Emacs latex mode

;; Make RefTeX faster
(setq reftex-enable-partial-scans t)
(setq reftex-save-parse-info t)
(setq reftex-use-multiple-selection-buffers t)
(setq reftex-plug-into-AUCTeX t)

(setq reftex-default-bibliography 
(setq reftex-sort-bibtex-matches "author")   ; Sort entries found in BibTex 
(setq bibtex-dialect "biblatex")

(require 'org-ref)

(setq org-ref-bibliography-notes "/home/julian/Documents/org files/notes.org"
      org-ref-pdf-directory "/home/julian/Documents/Refs/")
 (setq org-ref-default-citation-link "parencite")

Below I am sending you very simple .org and .bib files that (in my computer)
reproduce this behaviour.  In this file I did use
org-ref-insert-bibliography-link.  Let me know if I can give you any other 

All the best,


--Start trial.org file 

* Trial
Some references


--End trial.org file 

--Start trial.bib file 

  Title                    = {Quantitative approaches in climate change 
  Author                   = {Brown, C.J. and Schoeman, D.S. and Sydeman, W.J. 
and Brander, K. and Buckley, L.B. and Burrows, M. and Duarte, C.M. and Moore, 
P.J. and Pandolfi, J.M. and Poloczanska, E. and others},
  Journaltitle             = {Global Change Biology},
  Year                     = {2011},

  Crossref                 = {burnhm},
  File                     = {:Brown2011a.pdf:PDF},
  Publisher                = {Wiley Online Library}

  Title                    = {Alternatives to statistical hypothesis testing in 
ecology: a guide to self teaching},
  Author                   = {Hobbs, N.T. and Hilborn, R.},
  Journaltitle             = {Ecological Applications},
  Year                     = {2006},
  Number                   = {1},
  Pages                    = {5--19},
  Volume                   = {16},

  Crossref                 = {Quick2010},
  File                     = {:Hobbs2006.pdf:PDF},
  Publisher                = {Eco Soc America}

--End trial.bib file 

> Julian M. Burgos writes:
>> John, for some weird reason everything seems to be working now.  Thanks
>> for your help... I will let you know if I break it again.
>> John Kitchin writes:
>>> that is odd. this means org-ref is not finding the key you clicked
>>> on. could you send me a small example that reproduces your problem (an
>>> org-file and the bib file)?
>>> "Julian M. Burgos" <address@hidden> writes:
>>>> Hi John, 
>>>> No, they still do not work even after I click on the bibliography link
>>>> and get my .bib file opened.
>>>> Julian
>>>> John Kitchin writes:
>>>>> "Julian M. Burgos" <address@hidden> writes:
>>>>> If you click on the bibliography link to open the file, and then go back
>>>>> to your org-file, do the cite links work?
>>>>> I suspect the notes problem is related to the no key found problem.
>>>>>> Hello everyone,
>>>>>> I am playing around with Joh Kitchin's excellent org-ref, and I am
>>>>>> having a few issues.  In my .emacs file I have set up the values for the
>>>>>> org-ref-bibliography-notes, org-ref-default-bibliography, and
>>>>>> org-ref-pdf-directory.
>>>>>> With this I can access my .bib database and use org-ref-insert-cite link
>>>>>> to add a citation link with no problems.  But when I press enter on the
>>>>>> cite link, I get the following message:
>>>>>> no key found
>>>>>>  (No key found) (p)df (u)rl (n)otes (q) quit
>>>>>> If I press "p" I get the pdf file, but if I press "n" I get the
>>>>>> following message: 
>>>>>> "Wrong type argument: stringp, nil".
>>>>>> Any ideas how to solve this?
>>>>>> Many thanks,
>>>>>> Julian

Julian Mariano Burgos, PhD
Hafrannsóknastofnun/Marine Research Institute
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