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Mushrooming Monks,

After quite some Googling of "perl extract text from pdf" and a host of related permutations, I've concluded that good old pdftotext (part of XPDF) is the best way to go when all you want is a plain text string out of a PDF file. (Including a Perlmonks post by the author of perl module CAM saying so)

BUT - how, exactly, do I use it in my perl script?

That is, if I have foo.pdf in a directory on my server, and my own csript in my cgi-bin, what is the correct syntax for

$content = some-pdftotext-command('foo.pdf'); <code> Then, what I really want is just the first line of text - that is, the + title at the top of the page - but I'm guessing it's not going to co +nveniently insert carriage returns that I can recognize - or will it? <p> So even better would be <code> @lines = = some-other-pdftotext-command('foo.pdf');
but let's not get unreasonable....


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In reply to How to invoke pdftotext and extract first line of text from PDF file? by punch_card_don

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