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Can't print to PDF using cups-pdf; used to work, now “failed to set file mode” printing as non-root

Here's something really odd: something that used to work fine in Debian, and then broke, even without a dist-upgrade. I used to be able to use the CUPS PDF virtual printer to print anything to a PDF ...
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Configuring CUPS PDF writer for PDF/A output?

Can the PDF pseudo-printer in CUPS be configured to emit PDF/A files? If so, how to do it? I'm using CUPS 1.5.3-5 and CUPS-PDF 2.6.1-6 as provided by Debian Wheezy/7.0. Despite CUPS PDF Format - ...
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Open signed PDFs in Linux

We have some PDF files which are secured by a .pfx certificate. On Windows we can use Adobe Reader to read these PDF files (with previously imported certificate). I've googled for a long time but I ...
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Ways to convert and combine image files into a pdf file?

I have about 190 image files (png and jpg) in a directory. For more information, each image has 2500 x 3072 pixels, and about 500KB. I use the command convert from ImageMagik to convert and combine ...
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Compare PDF documents with embedded links?

diffpdf shows the visual differences in two PDF documents. Since some PDF documents include hyperlinks is there a diff that handles those also?
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Which is the software package for creation of PDF documents on Debian and OpenBSD OSes?

I have installed the software package called evince. It only opens and reads PDF files but does not create them. What software package should I install on boxes that run Debian (or OpenBSD) that can ...
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Sterilize PDF files

I use Linux on my desktop, but I got suprised after checking random PDF files on my machines with Virustotal. One of them contained a "PDF.Exploit.CVE_2008_2992". So PDF files can have malicious ...
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Print the page count within the PDFs in a directory to a output txt file [duplicate]

The need has been to identify the total page count of all the PDF files we have in a repository. For that, I was able to come up with the following script. However, I'm now stuck with this situation: ...
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How to force custom color scheme when using Inverted Colors in Evince?

As pointed out in Software to read PDFs with inverted colors (Windows), instead of having a very white on very black color scheme (which induces a very nasty contrast) it is often preferable to use a ...
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use middle click scroll not zoom

How to change middle mouse button (when pressing) behavior in Okular? Currently, when I press it, it zoom in/out. But I want to use it for fast scrolling, something like in firefox or evince.
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Using Evince instead of Okular for Alpine (MIME configuration for PDF viewers)

Within Alpine, if I hit enter on a PDF attachment, my system brings up Okular. I would prefer if it brought up Evince, because that's the PDF viewer I normally use. How can I do that? This is clearly ...
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Fix PDF margins for two-sided printing

I have a free PDF book on which every page has a very large margin on the right-side. I would like to print it two-sided and bind it to a book using an online printing service. The problem is that I ...
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How can I workaround or fix a printer offset x0y?

OK, so I have an old office reject printer, the OKI B4350. Works great with CUPS and Evince except for one thing: often it prints the page all messed up: offset from the upper left corner and ...
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Is there a way to flatten a .pdf image from the command line?

In GIMP, I can import a .pdf, and use the GUI to flatten it (if it was made with many layers) by selecting "Flatten Image" in the "Image" dropdown menu. I can then export the .pdf with a new ...
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Combine multiple PDF files into one (arranged in a matrix)

Having a set of PDF files, lets say: in-01.pdf, in-02.pdf, in-03.pdf, ... I would like to combine all of them into a single one, forming an M x N matrix. The command montage allows for doing so (M ...
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Text annotations and image additions to PDF file using free software

I'm mostly interested in annotating a PDF file with text at a predetermined position. GUIs and command line utilities are both Ok, but only free software solutions, please. However, I included image ...
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Ligatures missing in some PDFs

I have some PDFs which, when viewed in readers under Linux (tried atril from MATE and evince from GNOME), the ligatures (e.g. fi, fl) are missing, as can be seen from the example (it should be ...
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How to query pdf page size from the command line?

For scripting I need to get the page dimensions of a PDF file (in mm). pdfinfo just prints it in 'pts', e.g.: Page size: 624 x 312 pts What should I use? Or what unit is 'pts' anyway - in ...
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Shell script to merge files with same names

I have a directory of files such as: file.1111111_1.pdf file.1111111_2.pdf file.2222222_1.pdf file.2222222_2.pdf … file.1234567_1.pdf file.1234567_2.pdf … file.aaaaaaa_1.pdf file.aaaaaaa_2.pdf … ...
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Annotation does not work correctly in Okular

I hava a pdf file. In okular 0.17.2 under Ubuntu 12.04, I have found two problems: added inline note (by F6, and then 2) will be rotated 90 degree counterclockwise. added underline (by F6, and ...
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What does multistamp do with pdftk?

I merge two pdf files in two different order: $ pdftk 2.pdf multistamp 1.pdf output o1.pdf $ pdftk 1.pdf multistamp 2.pdf output o2.pdf Here are the four files: 1.pdf, 2.pdf, o1.pdf, and o2.pdf ...
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PDF-reader which finds letters ä and ö

I read sometimes pdf's written in Finnish. I was unable to search text containing letters ä and ö by Xpdf and Okular. Is there a PDF-reader which finds those letters correctly? I had a problem with ...
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How to copy text from an image in a pdf file?

I can view a pdf image with text using the evince document viewer, however I cannot select the text in the image to copy and paste. How do I copy text from an image in a pdf file?
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How to merge 2 PDF files with interleaving pages order?

I've got a double-side-printed multipage document to scan with a linear bulk scanner. So, as the result I get 2 PDF files: one containing all odd pages and the second containing all even pages. I need ...
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View pdf file in terminal

I want to see pdf files available on our cluster rather than copying them into my local machine and than visualize. Please tell me how can i do this.
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Good ways for annotating and searching in document (pdf, djvu)

For djvu files, I enjoy reading it in djview, because when I search for some words, it can show where all the results are at a glance, and highlight them simultaneously. This is much more convenient ...
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Can htmldoc create multi-level pdf bookmarks?

I downloaded an online html book (http://www.cim.mcgill.ca/~franco/OpSys-304-427/lecture-notes/lecture-notes.html), by the following command wget -r -np -nH --cut-dirs=3 -p -k ...
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My gnuplot-pdflatex plot script produces a pdf with a bug

I have written a script in bash to easily make gnuplot multiplots via the epslatex terminal and then automatically make a pdf file via pdflatex. However when I open the pdf file with evince (on Ubuntu ...
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How to print pcl or esc/p code on host-driven printer?

I have a host-based printer (HP Deskjet D2460) and have some printer language files (pcl codes) that I would like to print out. I saw that in cups there are some filters like rastertopcl, etc. which ...
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Discovering metadata about a PDF

Suppose I have a PDF and I want to obtain whatever metadata is available for that PDF. What utility should I use? I find the piece of information I am usually most interested in knowing is the paper ...
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how to extract pattern from pdf and save to text file [closed]

How can I extract some pattern contained in PDF file to text file using shell?
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Image size with gscan2pdf and ImageMagick `convert` bloat

I scan all my important incoming physical-mail to PDF. I am trying to move this activity to Linux as part of the process of eliminating my dependence on Windows - where I used to use the excellent but ...
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Clickable PDFs in rxvt

I would like to open PDFs (say, with evince) by clicking in the terminal. The setup is urxvt in Fedora 19 here, but if urxvt cannot do this, can you let me know which terminal emulators can. I got ...
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Convert linked html files into a pdf file?

I would like to convert an online book (linked html files) into a pdf file. I tried the two-step way in http://kmkeen.com/mirror/2009-02-05-14-00-00.html First, download the html files by wget -nd ...
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scan directories of .pdf and .ps files for keyword in title and author

I have got directories full of research papers. I would like to scan the files for keywords in the titles, the author lists, etc. Does a tool for that purpose exist?
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Is there some sort of PDF to text -converter?

I need PDF files to text so I can search over them in bulk from commandline. Is there some converter for Ubuntu, OBSD or similar distro? Perhaps related post, OCR with ubuntu here.
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Shortcut to google selected text

Is there a way to customize evince to search on Google a selected phrase? Like in Firefox where I select a text and right-click--> "Search Google for ..." If evince isn't customizable, is there any ...
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Firefox freezes with attachments or pdf

I am working on an old CentOs 5 machine. I am using Firefox as a browser. It worked fine until now, when every time I try to open a pdf or to attach something to the emails, it crashes. I tried to ...
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Standard workflow to digitize magazines or books using OCR while minimizing file size?

To scan books containing just text, black&white images and clear borders, the workflow I've been using is: digitize the source using a camera or just a scanner use scantailor finally use ...
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Corrupted PDF: Opens fine, but pyPdf bails with AssertionError

I received a PDF in an email and I want to crop and rotate it because it has two pages per sheet. Trying the solutions in Split pages in pdf I had problems with "AssertionError" in pyPDF and "Warning: ...
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Print PDF scaled-down and aligned

I want to print a PDF file with all pages scaled down equally (to, say, 70 %). The scaled-down pages should then be left-aligned on the printing paper. This doesn't seem to be possible with lpr ...
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Split PDF into colour and black/white pages

I would like to automatically split a large PDF document into two files: one file should contain only the pages with black and white content, and the other should contain only the pages with any ...
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How to print password protected pdf with cups from command line?

I have a *.pdf file that is password protected. I have the password and I can view the pdf with mupdf. However, printing with CUPS via lpr -P PRINTERNAME *.pdf does not work. All my printing is done ...
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MasterPDFEditor use black theme for PDF pages

@Crunchbang/Debian x32 I've been using MasterPDFEditor for quite some time & I'm impressed by its PDF annotation capabilities. However I decided to start using a black GTK+ theme & after ...
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TexLive and RHEL 6 — can I install 2011 *in addition* to 2007?

Our environment is Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. By default, RHEL 6 comes with a version of TexLive from 2007. A user would like one of the extensions to TexLive ("PDFTex") to be updated. From ...
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How to extract bookmarks from a pdf file

I have a PDF file. I need the bookmarks in that file extracted to a text file or an excel. I also need to validate the bookmarks from the large PDF file. How could I do that?
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How can I add a signature .png to a PDF in Linux?

I have a scanned copy of my written signature and I need to apply it to some documents in the signature block. I used to do this on Windows all the time but I now have only Linux. Is this possible? ...
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Split PDF into documents with several pages each

There are several resources on the web explaining how one can split a PDF into many files with on page per file. But how can you split them into chunks of, say, five pages each? I have looked into ...
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convert images to pdf: How to make PDF Pages same size

I did something like convert -page A4 -compress A4 *.png CH00.pdf But the 1st page is much larger than the subsequent pages. This happens even though the image dimensions are similar. These images ...
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Concatenate in a PDF the first page of several odt files alphabetically

I have, in the same directory, several odt files. I'd like to have in one PDF document the first page of these odt files, sorted alphabetically based on their filename. For example, if I have these ...