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Re: pdf converter



Adil Drissi wrote:
Hi,

Is there any tool to convert openoffice documents to pdf?


If you are asking 'Is there a way to convert office documents to pdf on the command line using open office', then yes, there is.

However it is not easy. It requires a macro for the user doing the conversion. It requires an X session, even in non display (invisible) mode, so you may need to run it against the fake X server on headless systems.
Finally, it requires a specially crafted command line.

Here is a sample script, in which we run the fake X server on a headless system, so it is display 0.

---

#!/bin/bash
# doc2pdf -- convert office type documents to PDF

if [ -z "$1" ]
   then
   echo "Usage: $0 <file.doc>"
   exit -1
fi

DISPLAY=:0
export DISPLAY

# macro is in: ~/.openoffice.org2.0/user/basic/Standard/Module1.xba

DOC=$1
/usr/bin/oowriter -invisible "macro:///Standard.Module1.ConvertWordToPDF($DOC)"

exit $?

---

Here is the sample macro file: Its kinda large, so I have it as a link if you are interested.

http://themeyerfarm.com/palm/Module1.xba


Good Luck!



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