LKBEN11058: Howto convert a pdf document to a text file so it can be viewed via ssh or telnet

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Author: Wim Peeters - Keskon GmbH & Co. KG


You need to look at a pdf document via command line utilities or want to index or search in it.




To convert a pdf document you can use the pdftotext utility. It is contained in the poppler-utils on a debian like system. (debian, ubuntu, kubuntu, ...)


To convert the 'svn-book.pdf' to txt you only need to do the following:

pdftotext /tmp/svn-book.pdf /tmp/output.txt

For more information you can view the man pages.

About the Author

Wim Peeters is electronics engineer with an additional master in IT and over 30 years of experience, including time spent in support, development, consulting, training and database administration. Wim has worked with SQL Server since version 6.5. He has developed in C/C++, Java and C# on Windows and Linux. He writes knowledge base articles to solve IT problems and publishes them on the Lubby Knowledge Platform.


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