[tex-live] apparent bug in detex

Victor Ivrii vivrii at gmail.com
Wed Nov 3 11:35:58 CET 2010

2010/11/3 Zdenek Wagner <zdenek.wagner at gmail.com>:
> You should report a bug in it, it is obviously improperly compiled. I
> use it regularly even for books with 500+ pages.
> 2010/11/3  <cfrees at imapmail.org>:
>> On Mon 1st Nov, 2010 at 22:16, Karl Berry seems to have written:
>>>   pdftotext is already part of TeX Live.
>>> For Windows only.   (As with many other generic tools.)
>> I do have pdftotext (though not from TeX Live, obviously) but whenever
>> I've tried to use it it has taken simply forever to produce any output
>> even for quite small documents. I would not like to try this method on
>> a paper of even 3,000 words - never mind 8,000 or more.
>> - cfr
>>>   BTW, pdftotext -layout yields amazingly good results.
>>> Yes :).

My understanding is that the problem (painfully slow performance of
pdftotext and may be some other executables) is endemic to MacOSX arch
ppc and I also believe that it was compiled by Richard Koch. So, I am
forwarding it

As I mentioned on intel it was fast: on my MacPro conversion of 1800
pages took 35 sec.

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> Zdeněk Wagner
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Victor Ivrii, Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Toronto

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