[pdftex] man page of pdftosrc?

Hilmar Preusse hille42 at web.de
Sat Jul 31 09:21:06 CEST 2004

Hi pdfTeX team,

Last October anybody submitted a bug to the Debian Bug Tracking
System about a missing man page for the program pdftosrc. Frank
Küster forwarded that bug to pdftex at tug.org on Sat, 11 Oct 2003.
Unfortunately I couldn't find his E-Mail in the pdftex archive. I
consider it got lost.

The full report can be found on http://bugs.debian.org/215248 .

I've googled a little bit and now I've written a man page for that
program (attached). I'd like to hear your opinions about it before we
(and you) use it.

Some things don't satisfy me yet. Should we mention \pdfobj and
\pdflastobj, but not \pdfrefobj? What is the special thing at stream
objects vs. normal objects?

Thanks for reply,
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.TH "PDFTOSRC" "1" "July 2004" "Debian/GNU Linux" ""
pdftosrc \- extracts stream objects from pdf\-Files.
\fBpdftosrc\fR \fI<PDF\-file>\fR [<stream\-object\-number>]
A pdf\-file simply consists of a set of different kind of objects,
which are linked to each other and refer to each other. One special
kind of object are stream objects. \fBpdftosrc\fR is written to extract
single stream objects out of a pdf file.
The idea behind that program is that one can include the TeX-source code
(or parts of it) into the pdf file as stream object.
pdfTeX provides the low level command \fB\\pdfobj\fR to put objects
into a pdf-file. Further there exist \fB\\pdflastobj\fR to return the
number of the object created.
A simple example could look like:

 stream attr {/Type /SourceFile /SourceName 
 (The TeX sources)}
 \\pdfcatalog{/SourceObject \\the\\pdflastobj\\space 0 R}

Call "\fBpdftosrc\fR \fI<PDF\-file>\fR 1" to extract the first stream
object, which contains the complete TeX-Code of the compiled pdf.
\\pdfcompresslevel=0 were used to make sure the included streams will
not be compressed (and hence will be unreadable by human) when written
into the pdf\-file. \fBpdftosrc\fR will automatically
uncompress compressed streams, when they are extracted, so this is only
necessary if anybody wants to view at the pdf\-file using a text editor.
\\usepackage{times} were used to get a font, which comes with Acrobat\*R
(and Ghostscript) and to not clutter up the pdf\-file by too much binary
stuff, because no fonts have to be included.
A more complete example can be found in the section \fBEXAMPLE\fR.
.BR pdftex (1),
.BR pdflatex (1),
The pdfTeX user manual,
PDF specification by Adobe.
The example was contributed by C. V. Radhakrishnan and later simplified.
Thanks! Stream 1 is the complete source code. Stream 2-4 are the 3
equations of the document.

  stream attr {/Type /SourceFile /SourceName
  (The TeX sources)}
  \\pdfcatalog{/SourceObject \\the\\pdflastobj\\space 0 R}



   stream attr {/Type /SourceFile /SourceName
   (The TeX sources)}
   \\pdfcatalog{/SourceObject \\the\\pdflastobj\\space 0 R}

   {\\expandafter\\strip at prefix\\meaning\\next}





This manual page was written by Hilmar Preusse <hille42 at web\&.de>, for
the Debian GNU/Linux system\&.  It may be used by other distributions
without contacting the author\&.  Any mistakes or omissions in the
manual page are my fault; inquiries about or corrections to this
manual page should be directed to me (and not to the primary author)\&.
C. V. Radhakrishnan (for the example code),
Frank K\(:uster.
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