I installed quick look plugin StringsFile.qlgenerator and I moved it the the following path /Library/QuickLook as illustrated in https://blog.timac.org/2014/0325-quicklook-plugin-to-preview-strings-files/ Yet, it is not working. The files that I am trying to use show are txt files .bib. Any idea how to fix that. Thanks

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Assuming your .bib file is like my simple example from https://www.latex-tutorial.com/tutorials/bibtex/#bib-file I'd say you rather want a general plain text QuickLook-plugin (aka qlgenerator), or a specific .bib one.

There might be others but I don't mind suggesting QLStephen that has been around and working fine for a long time and nicely previewed both my .bib example file and a .strings one i found; not trying to install the QL-plugin you linked; though, to verify how it works, I did download the linked plugin's source and saw its package Contents/Info.plist (showable by context menu click in Finder) having CFBundleDocumentTypes UTI com.apple.xcode.strings-text whereas QLStephen uses an extremely general fallback UTI of public.data to preview anything not picked up by any other plugin.

One could try to just modify the linked .qlgenerator's Contents/Info.plist to include something about .bib extension or UTI but that would require extending the scope to referencing developer documentation.

  • Thanks a lot for your help. I installed QLStephen, yet still has the same problem. I am wondering if QLStephen should work without any modification for Info.plist. Any thoughts. Thanks again.
    – Kernel
    Jan 31, 2018 at 18:52
  • hm, did you also do the last installation instruction "• Execute the command qlmanage -r in the Terminal - or restart the machine" from your link? I also see whomwah.github.io/qlstephen and github.com/whomwah/qlstephen seem to link different versions, and checking here i see i'm currently using version 1.3.1 (where i only find 1.3 on github.com and don't know where i got mine), which version did you install?
    – vike
    Jan 31, 2018 at 23:25
  • Thanks, I installed version 1.4.4 github.com/whomwah/qlstephen/releases and run qlmanage -r, yet still no progress.
    – Kernel
    Feb 1, 2018 at 2:00
  • dang.. i would open /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app and copy/paste mdls -name kMDItemContentTypeTree with a space after, then drag and drop the file and hit enter.. Another thing to try in Terminal is qlmanage -d1 -p w/ space, drag & drop and enter to see if it says anything about what is happening..
    – vike
    Feb 1, 2018 at 3:33
  • oops 😊 sorry, I wasn't clear I meant you to drag and drop your .bib file - feel free to redact anything you think could be personal (eg Documents paths). You might as well try to delete the comments about the QLStephen.qlgenerator. But at least we've confirmed working terminal functionality, eheh 🤪 cheers
    – vike
    Feb 1, 2018 at 6:32

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