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Top Forums Shell Programming and Scripting Create a text file and a pdf file from Linux command results. Post 303042514 by jcdole on Friday 27th of December 2019 01:25:22 PM
Old 12-27-2019
Create a text file and a pdf file from Linux command results.


The task :
Using multiple commands like :
gdisk -l $SOME_DISK >> $SOME_FILE

I generate some text file.
For readiness I must insert page break.
When the program is finished I want to convert the final text file to a pdf file.
When finished, I got two files : One text file and One pdf file.
When printing both, you cannot differentiate them.

What I have done :
I build a single groff base file by copying data :
First I initialize the base document with :
#echo ".nf" > "$BASE_FILE"
echo ".sp 1" >> "$BASE_FILE"
echo ".sp 1" >> "$BASE_FILE"

Then I fill the base file with the result of :
 while true ; do
echo "$SOME_TEXT_AS_TITLE" >> "$BASE_FILE" gdisk -l $SOME_DISK >> $BASE_FILE if [[ "$FLAG_SET_PAGE_BREAK" == "true" ]] ; then
echo ".bp" >> "$BASE_FILE"
fi if [[ "$IS_FINISHED" == "true" ]] ; then
done echo ".ex" >> "$BASE_FILE"

Then I build the pdf file like this :
ENSCRIPT="--no-header --font=$CUR_FONT  --word-wrap"
/usr/bin/enscript -p"$TEMP_FILE"  "$BASE_FILE" 

/usr/bin/ps2pdf  "$TEMP_FILE"  "$FILE_OUT_PDF"

Problem N°1
The page break is always at line 67.
I tried to change page length with :
.pl 29.0c

With different value but the page break arise always at the same place.
So How to change the page break.

Problem N°2
I want to use different fonts type and size.
This will certainly affect the presentation of the document.
How to fix the problem of page breaks.

Problem N°3
How to set page length by lines/per page ?

Problem N°4
With enscript you can explicitly set page format, font, .....

--lines-per-page= ?




This may contradict the presentation of the document generated by groff.

Problem N°5
I have look after hundreds of web page and I have not found a good tutorial to help me is that task that should be simple.

Any help is welcome.

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