bibtex8 - 8-bit Big BibTeX version 0.99c


bibtex8 [options] aux-file


8-bit BibTeX is an enhanced, portable C version of BibTeX 0.99. It has been enhanced in these areas:

- conversion to "big" (32-bit) capacity

- capacity selectable at run time

- flexible support for non-English languages using 8-bit character sets

- well matched to LateX2e and its "inputenc" package

Oren Patashnik, the creator of BibTeX, is working on a new BibTeX 1.0 that will be a modern implementation supporting large capacities and non-English languages (see TUGboat, pages 269--274, volume 15, number 3, September 1994). He is content for this version to be released, but hopes that people will eventually migrate to BibTeX 1.0 when it is released. Its release date is uncertain at the moment.


  • -? --help
        display this help text
  • -7 --traditional
        operate in the original 7-bit mode
  • -8 --8bit
        force 8-bit mode, no CS file used
  • -c --csfile FILE
        read FILE as the BibTeX character set and sort definition file
  • -d --debug TYPE
        report debugging information. TYPE is one or more of all, csf, io, mem, misc, search.
  • -s --statistics
        report internal statistics
  • -t --trace
        report execution tracing
  • -v --version
        report BibTeX version
  • -B --big
        set large BibTeX capacity
  • -H --huge
        set huge BibTeX capacity
  • -W --wolfgang
        set really huge BibTeX capacity for Wolfgang
  • -M --min_crossrefs ##
        set min_crossrefs to ##
  • --mcites ##
        allow ## \cites in the .aux files
  • --mentints ##
        allow ## integer entries in the .bib databases
  • --mentstrs ##
        allow ## string entries in the .bib databases
  • --mfields ##
        allow ## fields in the .bib databases
  • --mpool ##
        set the string pool to ## bytes
  • --mstrings ##
        allow ## unique strings
  • --mwizfuns ##
        allow ## wizard functions


bibtex8 was written by Niel Kempson <> and Alejandro Aguilar-Sierra <>. This manpage was written by Norbert Preining for Debian/GNU Linux and may be used, modified and/or distributed freely by anyone.