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Re: Bug#329425: RFA: psutils -- A collection of PostScript document handling utilities

Scripsit "Steinar H. Gunderson" <sgunderson@bigfoot.com>
> On Wed, Sep 21, 2005 at 10:07:12PM +0200, Henning Makholm wrote:

>> (For example, some postscript files explode in size when they are
>> passed through ghostscripts pswrite backend - which is more or less by
>> design. Others become smaller, but in any case this ought to be kept
>> orthogonal from simple page rearrangements and such).

> pswrite is really crappy, but it's being worked on -- it basically rasterizes
> about everything. Try current CVS of AFPL Ghostscript -- it has a “pswrite2”
> driver, which is pased on pdfwrite and is supposed to be a lot more
> intelligent.

That's good, but size increases will still be a risk (depending, of
course, on how intelligent and specialized the original postscript
producer was).  It does not change the principle that "I want to
flatten my page descriptions to sequences of basic drawing operations"
should be as orthogonal to "I want to change the order of pages" as we
can make it.

The point in bug #159888 about psmerge being a horribly brittle kludge
and ought to be superseded by a ghostscript wrapper is well made, but
that does not mean that the same point applies to, say, psselect or

Henning Makholm                              "En tapper tinsoldat. En dame i
                                         spagat. Du er en lykkelig mand ..."

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