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Re: Search within a PDF file

by dragonchild (Archbishop)
on Jan 27, 2005 at 20:27 UTC ( #425751=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Search within a PDF file

Have you tried grep? Strings, if I remember correctly, are stored as plain-text within the PDF format ...

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Being unknowing, is not the same as being stupid.
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Re^2: Search within a PDF file
by shenme (Priest) on Jan 28, 2005 at 03:29 UTC
    Much of what I see in PDF files is enclosed in 'stream' blocks, which appears to be a compression encoding. grep won't do it. When I am forced to do this myself, I sure hope one of the above mentioned modules or other will take care of pulling out the text I need to look at. (Oh, I'm not looking forward to this!)

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