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"Possible runaway string"?

Dan Stowell
Hi -

Have been using BibDesk for the past two years and it's amazing, the
interface is great and it's been a real benefit to my research.

Now the question:

Every time I open my main bib file I get a warning dialog with lots of
"Possible runaway string" warnings. What's this about? What's a runaway
string? If I double-click on the warning it takes me to a line of code
in the bib file which seems almost arbitrary - very often it's the end
of a "Bdsk-File-1" hex blob, but sometimes it's in the middle of an
"Annote" field where I don't seem to have written anything particularly
crazy, just some notes.

Can I turn off this particular warning? It's kind of annoying.

Thanks for suggestions -
Dan


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Centre for Digital Music
Dept of Electronic Engineering
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road, London E1 4NS
http://www.elec.qmul.ac.uk/department/staff/research/dans.htm
http://www.mcld.co.uk/

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Re: "Possible runaway string"?

Christiaan Hofman
This warning happens for long strings with newlines and certain bibtex-
special characters (such as "="). This is a warning from the bibtex  
parser, to tell you that it thinks the data may have a missing brace  
to indicate the end of a field. The particular case for a Bdsk-File-*  
field is harmless, though in other situations this warning could point  
to a real problem. For Bdsk-File-* fields this won't happen anymore  
with the next release, as we won't save them with newlines anymore.  
You can download a nightly build, the last one should be good.

You can hide the warnings in the error panel, just check the button at  
the bottom.

Christiaan

On 19 Sep 2008, at 11:25 AM, Dan Stowell wrote:

> Hi -
>
> Have been using BibDesk for the past two years and it's amazing, the
> interface is great and it's been a real benefit to my research.
>
> Now the question:
>
> Every time I open my main bib file I get a warning dialog with lots of
> "Possible runaway string" warnings. What's this about? What's a  
> runaway
> string? If I double-click on the warning it takes me to a line of code
> in the bib file which seems almost arbitrary - very often it's the end
> of a "Bdsk-File-1" hex blob, but sometimes it's in the middle of an
> "Annote" field where I don't seem to have written anything  
> particularly
> crazy, just some notes.
>
> Can I turn off this particular warning? It's kind of annoying.
>
> Thanks for suggestions -
> Dan
>
>
> --
> Dan Stowell
> Centre for Digital Music
> Dept of Electronic Engineering
> Queen Mary, University of London
> Mile End Road, London E1 4NS
> http://www.elec.qmul.ac.uk/department/staff/research/dans.htm
> http://www.mcld.co.uk/


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