[tex-k] trailing blanks in PDFs

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Sat Sep 25 09:36:14 CEST 2004

> Hello tex-k, http://bugs.debian.org/272602 is a minor trailing blanks
> bug for you.

looks to me as if it's a non-issue.

pdf is a pseudo-binary format; pdftex is a one-pass system; so if it's
adding pointers, lengths, and similar things to the file, it leaves a
bunch of blanks to fill with the actual value needed.

sure, these blanks could be removed on a further pass over the data;
but pdftex doesn't do that.  (i expect distiller does.  it's not
terribly expensive, you know. ;-)  anyway, there seem to me more
important issues than writing a pdftex postprocessor to optimise a few
octets off each object size and hyperlink within the file.


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