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pdftotext(1)									     pdftotext(1)

       pdftotext - Portable Document Format (PDF) to text converter (version 2.01)

       pdftotext [options] [PDF-file [text-file]]

       Pdftotext converts Portable Document Format (PDF) files to plain text.

       Pdftotext  reads  the PDF file, PDF-file, and writes a text file, text-file.  If text-file
       is not specified, pdftotext converts file.pdf to file.txt.  If text-file is '-', the  text
       is sent to stdout.

       Pdftotext  reads  a configuration file at startup.  It first tries to find the user's pri-
       vate config file, ~/.xpdfrc.  If that doesn't exist, it looks  for  a  system-wide  config
       file,  typically  /etc/xpdfrc  (but this location can be changed when pdftotext is built).
       See the xpdfrc(5) man page for details.

       Many of the following options can be set with  configuration  file  commands.   These  are
       listed in square brackets with the description of the corresponding command line option.

       -f number
	      Specifies the first page to convert.

       -l number
	      Specifies the last page to convert.

	      Maintain	(as  best  as  possible)  the  original physical layout of the text.  The
	      default is to 'undo' physical layout (columns, hyphenation, etc.)  and  output  the
	      text in reading order.

       -raw   Keep  the text in content stream order.  This is a hack which often "undoes" column
	      formatting, etc.	Use of raw mode is no longer recommended.

	      Generate a simple HTML file, including the meta information.  This simply wraps the
	      text in <pre> and </pre> and prepends the meta headers.

       -enc encoding-name
	      Sets  the  encoding to use for text output.  The encoding-name must be defined with
	      the unicodeMap command (see xpdfrc(5)).  This defaults  to  "Latin1"  (which  is	a
	      built-in encoding).  [config file: textEncoding]

       -eol unix | dos | mac
	      Sets the end-of-line convention to use for text output.  [config file: textEOL]

       -opw password
	      Specify  the owner password for the PDF file.  Providing this will bypass all secu-
	      rity restrictions.

       -upw password
	      Specify the user password for the PDF file.

       -q     Don't print any messages or errors.  [config file: errQuiet]

       -cfg config-file
	      Read config-file in place of ~/.xpdfrc or the system-wide config file.

       -v     Print copyright and version information.

       -h     Print usage information.	(-help and --help are equivalent.)

       Some PDF files contain fonts whose encodings have been mangled beyond recognition.   There
       is no way (short of OCR) to extract text from these files.

       The Xpdf tools use the following exit codes:

       0      No error.

       1      Error opening a PDF file.

       2      Error opening an output file.

       3      Error related to PDF permissions.

       99     Other error.

       The pdftotext software and documentation are copyright 1996-2002 Glyph & Cog, LLC.

       xpdf(1), pdftops(1), pdfinfo(1), pdffonts(1), pdftopbm(1), pdfimages(1), xpdfrc(5)

					 05 December 2002			     pdftotext(1)
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