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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 7:47 pm    Post subject: [SOLVED] light weight viewer for pdf file Reply with quote

I was always using xpdf but it seems to me nobody maintain it anymore, before the package was masked but now it will be remove.
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- app-text/xpdf-3.02-r4::gentoo (masked by: package.mask)
/usr/portage/profiles/package.mask:
# Andreas K. Hüttel <dilfridge@gentoo.org> (27 Jan 2012)
# Has developed into an unmaintainable mess, and everyone who
# knows about it is either retired or missing in action.
# Several minor bugs and one ugly security issues (#386271).
# Masked for removal because of lack of maintainer.

Any recommendation for light-weight pdf viewer (I'm using XFCE4)?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're a vim user, there is apvlv, has mostly poppler and gtk+ dependencies. I think it is pretty light. Evince is not bad, if you have some gnome libs already installed.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dr.Willy wrote:
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rsa4046 wrote:
If you're a vim user, there is apvlv, has mostly poppler and gtk+ dependencies. I think it is pretty light. Evince is not bad, if you have some gnome libs already installed.


I have evince installed, it is OK but xpdf is smaller.
I've tried apvlv and mupdf none of them have any simple menu, can not print. I usually open some pdf document with a browser and print them if I have to but these application don't have any print buttons associated with them, or do they?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

it's pretty spartan but I just use emacs :) so if you already have emacs you woulnd't need to add another pkg although I never need to do anything fancy w/pdf like bookmarking or anything so it might be too simplistic for your needs. its "docview" menu in emacs has a print but I've never tried it.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't have emacs, installed so adding it just to view and print pdf files might not be practical.
xpdf is perfect but has no maintainers :-/
Most of the time I need to search document print it, resize it (nothing fancy). I would like to see simple menu on the screen as well.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 3:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use evince with the GNOME-related USE flags deactivated -- works fine. Just as light as xpdf, and works better than it ever did for heavy documents and presentations.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 4:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hypnos wrote:
I use evince with the GNOME-related USE flags deactivated -- works fine. Just as light as xpdf, and works better than it ever did for heavy documents and presentations.


Yes, evince is very good package; I think I'll start using it instead of xpdf
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about updating the package instead of removing it?
http://www.foolabs.com/xpdf/index.html tells that the newest xpdf is 3.03 but in portage last is 3.02, and according to http://www.foolabs.com/xpdf/CHANGES many fixes have been implemented since 3.02.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It would still need somebody willing to maintain it.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lightweight ? app-text/zathura ... vim-like UI, is fast, has search, fullscreen, just a 116K binary.
Do you need more ?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

smartass wrote:
Do you need more ?


Yes, a conventional GUI interface!

Zathura is a useful GTK application that feels somewhat encumbered by a primitive curses-like interface. Users expecting a conventional GUI document viewer will not want to use it, which is a shame.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you want a light-weight PDF viewer with a nice GUI, then look at app-text/epdfview (GTK+) or app-text/qpdfview (Qt).
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the suggestions.

I have used epdfview for years, but it is becoming ever less reliable, as noted in this thread. For example, it is very slow to page through some files, and more recently the content simply disappears when I try to zoom within other files.

I would like to investigate qpdfview, but it is currently marked as unstable for amd64, and it uses the Qt toolkit which is otherwise absent on my system (not a fatal problem, just annoying).
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 9:56 am    Post subject: Evince without GNOME Reply with quote

Hypnos wrote:
I use evince with the GNOME-related USE flags deactivated -- works fine. Just as light as xpdf, and works better than it ever did for heavy documents and presentations.


Hi. I am also considering installing Evince, but I also don't want GNOME-related functionality. Could you provide the USE flag you used? Or would -gnome satisfy?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 1:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Evince without GNOME Reply with quote

slpfrafjellene wrote:
Hi. I am also considering installing Evince, but I also don't want GNOME-related functionality. Could you provide the USE flag you used? Or would -gnome satisfy?

Here are my USE flag settings:

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dbus -debug djvu dvi -gnome -gnome-keyring introspection -nautilus postscript -t1lib tiff

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

does this one count???

pdftotext

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ls -sh /usr/bin/pdftotext
28K /usr/bin/pdftotext
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