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I have problem converting a file to PDF. I create the file with

echo ęąśćżńł > text

and convert:

enscript -O text -o - | ps2pdf - out.pdf

However, out.pdf has an encoding problem:

screenshot of corrupted pdf file

  • What kind of encoding problem is it that out.pdf has? – Erathiel Apr 21 '15 at 13:53
  • I'd have thought iconv -t latin2 < text | enscript -X latin2 -o - would work, but apparently not. Anybody knows why? – Stéphane Chazelas Apr 21 '15 at 14:34
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    Replying to myself. It's in this FAQ. Probably not worth bothering with enscript and use paps or a2ps or other. – Stéphane Chazelas Apr 21 '15 at 14:40
  • Paps not support headers and footers created with User. – Miko Apr 22 '15 at 10:35
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enscript just does not support Unicode. You need to use a different tool such as paps to convert text to PostScript. With --header option an output .pdf is similar to one produced with enscript:

$ paps text --header | ps2pdf - outheader.pdf
  • Paps not support headers and footers created with User. – Miko Apr 22 '15 at 12:32
  • What is User? – Arkadiusz Drabczyk Apr 22 '15 at 12:34
  • I'm a user and I would like created header and footer – Miko Apr 22 '15 at 12:40
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I have had a better experience with u2ps written by Alex Suykov which produces much smaller PDF files using system Unicode fonts. This program is not in Ubuntu or Fedora; you have to compile it yourself. The usage is the same:

$ u2ps text.txt | ps2pdf - text.pdf

(Compared to u2ps, paps output is huge).

  • sure, guettli. corrected. – Maxim Aug 15 at 12:38

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