I've been looking into using Apache FOP to render PDF's, instead of the buggy-as-a-summer-night PassiveTeX. While there is a FOP rewrite under way, the latest public version has a show-stopper bug triggered by DocBook projects larger than something trivial: the dreaded "duplicate id" bug. Riz Virk <Riz cambridgedocs com> kindly sent me a patch that appears to eliminate the bug. I tried it out on a ~300 page document I'm writing and it rendered PDF just fine. The patch is licensed under the Apache license, so it should be OK for our use here. The patch is attached. Just download the FOP source from http://government-grants.org/mirrors/apache.org/xml/fop/source/fop-0.20.5-src.tar.gz and then: Replace the file "src/org/apache/fop/datatypes/IDReferences.java" with the attached file. Go back to the top-level FOP directory and type: $ ant You'll need to get "ant" and the "java-1.4.2-gcj-compat-126.96.36.199-11jpp" packages from the "jpackage.org" YUM repository. You'll also need the "gcc-java" RPM. If you don't want to go to this trouble, the 1.5MB "fop.jar" file is at: http://www.megacoder.com/fop/fop.jar This, plus the modified "xmlto" I did earlier may be good enough until the FOP rewrite is complete (no date for that, though). Cheers!
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