[poppler] Poppler as a library for parsing and manipulating PDF
Albert Astals Cid
aacid at kde.org
Tue Jan 24 10:43:16 PST 2006
A Dimarts 24 Gener 2006 15:20, Frank Küster va escriure:
> HEADLINE: Should Poppler be used as a library for parsing and
> manipulating PDF files?
> I'm the maintainer of teTeX in Debian, a package that includes pdftex
> and therefore a copy of xpdf code. We've been bitten by the security
> issues in xpdf in the past, in particular because our xpdf version is
> usually older than the one the patches are made for.
> Therefore we always longed  for a shared library that we could use
> instead of our xpdf code copy, and in fact it is technically easy to use
> libpoppler. However, I'm concerned whether you will support such
> uses in the future. The poppler website describes the software as "a
> PDF rendering library", but *rendering* is not what pdftex does (nor do
> pdftohtml, pdftk, and other candidates that face a similar situation).
> Instead, the functionality is used to analyse the PDF structure, to
> extract parts, and to even manipulate them (pdftk is designed for this).
> Therefore I'd like to know whether you plan any changes that might
> affect such uses of poppler, and whether you actually encourage such
Well, poppler (xpdf) for it self is not able of manipulting files as of now.
In my opinion having manipulation capabilities inside poppler would be a nice
thing, but AFAIK nobody is working on that.
If you have some volunteer that wants to do the work i think we will all agree
to help him as much as possible.
P.S: We already have pdftohtml and some other utils in the utils directory of
> Thank you in advance,
>  http://bugs.debian.org/252104
>  See the announcement at
> and the patch at http://people.debian.org/~frank/patch-poppler (our
> SVN repository at http://svn.debian.org/wsvn/pkg-tetex/ seems to be
> inaccessible by http currently)
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