[Libreoffice-qa] Testing for bug 81592: Bad Quality/Rendering of EPS graphics in LO 4.2 and 4.3 (regression)

Gerry T. gerry.treppel at googlemail.com
Sun Jul 27 23:44:31 PDT 2014

Hi Joel,

thanks a lot for your help on bibisecting the issue. Yes, the problem 
must have occured for the fist time somewhere between 4.1 and 4.2Beta (I 
assume). To not spam the qa list, I will ask you for the steps in an 
email to your email address.

Additionally, it would be very helpful if someone could test whether the 
bug 81592 actually occurs on very recent Linux systems, e.g. Ubuntu 
14.04 or new versions of Fedora, Debian,... They have a newer pstoedit 
version which maybe does the trick. Thanks.


Am 27.07.2014 18:24, schrieb Joel Madero:
> Hi Gerry,
> If you're running Linux do you mind trying to bibisect the issue. I 
> can walk you through the steps or you can read them here: 
> https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/QA/HowToBibisect
> It helps a lot to get us closer to a solution.
> Best,
> Joel
> Best,
> Joel
> On 07/27/2014 09:17 AM, Gerry T. wrote:
>> Dear all,
>> LibreOffice is facing a regression with regards to the 
>> quality/rendering of EPS graphics in LO 4.2&4.3 
>> (https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=81592).
>> While the rendering quality of EPS in LO 4.0/4.1 was 'production 
>> quality', the rendering in 4.2 & 4.3 regressed and is unusable for 
>> publishing. The issue exists in rendering on screen, printing, PDF 
>> export as well as with existing documents or newly inserted EPS graphics.
>> From my viewpoint, it is a terrible bug, because the graphics of 
>> statistical software (Stata, SPSS) always showed best quality when 
>> exported as EPS and inserted in LibreOffice. All existing documents 
>> and prepared EPS graphics are not really usable anymore on 4.2.x and 
>> later. Hence, I am stuck with LO 4.1.x which is EOL and less 
>> performant and stable (and is missing a few important features) than 
>> 4.2.x and 4.3.x. Hence, I seriously hope that this bug can be fixed 
>> for the last version of the 4.2 line, which is version 4.2.7.
>> I approach the QA list for this, because the bug has been tested and 
>> confirmed so far only on Ubuntu 12.04 and Ubuntu 13.04 and I would 
>> like to kindly ask you to perform tests on EPS quality with new 
>> distribution versions, such as Ubuntu 14.04, 14.10Beta as well as 
>> Fedora, Debian or others. For the generation of the EPS 
>> representation in LibreOffice, the library /pstoedit/ is used and it 
>> is possible that newer versions of pstoedit give better output.
>> I would be glad if you could try to reproduce the bug following the 
>> steps in the bug description. Please also try the pstoedit command 
>> and instructions as given by Caolan in comment 4.
>> I hope that someone finds a solution for this regression bug.
>> Thanks a lot,
>> Gerry
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