[TriLUG] PDF to text
Christopher J. Knowles
chrisk at trilug.org
Wed Feb 1 13:26:57 EST 2006
On Wednesday 01 February 2006 12:01, Ian Kilgore wrote:
> Owen Berry wrote:
> | Anyone know of a command line utility for extracting text from a pdf
> | file, other than the one included in xpdf (pdftotext)? pdftotext does
> | exactly what I want, but I would like to avoid pulling in the rest of
> | xpdf, if possible, as this is for a server.
> | BTW, I'm using it combined with the perlfect search engine, so the text
> | does not need to be formatted nicely or anything.
> | Thanks,
> | Owen
> You can pipe pdf2ps | ps2ascii
Or, according to ps2ascii manpage (and some quick experimentation, you can
just "ps2ascii pdffile.pdf > pdffile.txt"
(When I just tried the pdf2ps | ps2ascii, it gave me a blank... while just
running it through ps2ascii seems to work.)
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