[OS X TeX] Re: svg to pdf

Jens Noeckel noeckel at uoregon.edu
Tue Jul 11 12:18:37 EDT 2006

On Jul 10, 2006, at 8:06 PM, Jens Noeckel wrote:

> #!/bin/csh
> inkscape --print='| pstopdf -i -o '`basename -s svg "$1"`pdf "$1"
> This takes one argument: an SVG filename. It requires that a  
> command-line inkscape (e.g., fink's) be installed. It writes a pdf  
> file with the same base name as the input file. Just copy the above  
> two lines to a file called svg2pdf in your PATH and make it  
> executable (e.g., chmod 700 svg2pdf).
> That's all. I initially had some problems with this because fink's  
> inkscape installation had a snafu, but the only thing a fink user  
> has to do to install inkscape is to type the following:
> sudo fink install inkscape
> sudo fink install gnome-vfs2-ssl

Here are two amendments to my earlier email (to avoid frustration in  
case anyone is going to try it):

during the fink installation of inkscape, you have to choose between  
two versions of gnome-vfs packages - with or without "ssl". The  
choice doesn't matter, but if you don't choose the ssl version there,  
then leave out the "ssl" from the command "sudo fink install gnome- 
vfs2-ssl" I quoted above.

The script I came up with above seems to rotate the graphic (pstopdf  
is to blame for that). To avoid this, I've made the script a little  
longer by retreating to the good old ghostscript itself:

inkscape --print='| gs -dNOPAUSE -q -dBATCH -sDEVICE=pdfwrite - 
sOutputFile='`basename -s svg "$1"`pdf' - -c quit' "$1"

(this is still a two-line script)
That should take care of it. You may ask why I chose /bin/csh above,  
instead of /bin/sh. The answer is: it's completely irrelevant.


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