On Thu, Apr 26, 2001 at 04:52:36PM +0100 or thereabouts, Declan Grady wrote:
> Is there anyhting available which can run like a print server, but create
> PDF files, instead of producing printed output ?
>> Thinking of an smb print server, for windows clients, with one HP printer,
> and one PDF-Writer -like printer.
>> Whats the catch ?
Yeah, did that. May still have scripts lying around. They'll be in the
ILUG archive though.
Basically what you need is/are:
1. A samba shared *directory* (not printer!) mounted as a drive in windows.
2. A postscript printer in windows configured to write to file.
3. A sweeper script running in the samba server that looks for any *.ps in
the samba shared directory and converts that to pdf. (Samba is supposed
to be capable of running a command for every something or other happening
(eg. file open) with a share which should be able to fire up the ps2pdf
converter but I never got that aspect to work)
Now, to generate pdf, the windows user prints to this postscript printer,
selects the designated drive to save the file to and calls it a .ps After a
decent interval, the file should appear as a .pdf instead of a .ps
The limitations to this approach are that you don't get to use any of pdf's
indexing and linking capabilities since postscript won't carry these through
the print-to-file process. If you want "proper" pdf you'll need to get hold
of a dedicated pdf generating package.
loop: #Does this work in bash?
for i in `*.ps`; do
ps2pdf $i > `basename $i ps`pdf
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