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Re: How to create a PDF-Printer from the command line

On Mon 08 Jan 2018 at 09:35:36 +0000, Curt wrote:

> On 2018-01-08, David Wright <deblis@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >> 
> >> Which txt2pdf? I tried the DFSG free one at
> >> 
> >> https://github.com/baruchel/txt2pdf
> >> 
> >> Not in Debian, AFAICT, but download, put in /usr/local/bin and install
> >> python-reportlab. Gives searchable PDFs, fonts can be selected more
> >> easily than with cupsfilter or cups-pdf and it has UTF-8 support. Looks
> >> useful.
> >
> > Indeed. It seems a lot faster than paps+ps2pdf too. I can see myself
> > using this, though I'll keep my paps function as well, as it appears
> > to be able to make substitutions for missing glyphs. It's handy to
> > have a function that prints *something* at every position (except
> > the strip at 0x80), with those little blobs containing 4 hex chars
> > where there's no glyph. paps also does columns.
> >
> > The default fault in txt2pdf is Courier→Nimbus Mono AFAICT, which is
> > very limited. The unifont TTF font has far more characters, but
> > the quality is very poor (deliberately, but looks like a bitmapped font).
> > I also haven't figured out line-numbering: I'll have to study the script.
> > Searchability is a useful extra (I'm used to just searching the original
> > text source file).
> It seems very swift. I tried line-numbering with the '--line-numbers'
> argument, but got no line numbers (which is not what I was expecting).

A possible bug. Not to worry; preprocess:

  pr -n text.txt
> Then I tried the '--page-numbers' argument, expecting to see page
> numbers (and I did, centered at the bottom).


> You can change the default font ('--font' or '-f' <full-path-to-ttf>,
> but I'm sure you know that already).

Unlike David Wright, I've not noticed the font quality to be poor when
the magnification ability (left click with the mouse) of gv is used to
examine characters in the PDF.