Compiling a latex documents may take several steps when bibtex is used with latex. However, this latex compilation process is the same for most documents. We can make it a template with Makefile so that simply running make will generate the dvi/ps/pdf files for us.

A simple Makefile for using latex with bibtex enabled is as follows (replace the spaces with TAB at the beginning of each line).

Download the Makefile directly: Makefile.

Please set “filename” as the main tex file’s name for your document project.

The Makefile first generates dvi by calling latex by 3 times and bibtex by 1 time and then generate the ps file and pdf files.

The usage:

Compile to pdf:


Compile pdf file and read it in Evince:

make clean; make && make read

Or use Adobe Reader by:

make clean; make && make aread

Clean up temporary files:

make clean

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