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Re: PowerPoint

by ZZamboni (Curate)
on May 12, 2000 at 17:37 UTC ( #11268=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to PowerPoint, Linux/Win32

For grabbing the file I would use scp (from OpenSSH or ssh). I don't know if there is a Perl module for interfacing with it, though.

As for manipulating the file... well, as others have said, this sounds like a though problem. I know you may be forced to using powerpoint, but here goes another alternative: MagicPoint. I have not used it, but the screenshots look good, and they say their format is text-based, so that would be ideal for manipulation with Perl.


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RE: Re: PowerPoint
by GridMonk (Acolyte) on May 15, 2000 at 03:53 UTC
    Thanks for the pointer on MagicPoint. I'll have a look at it. Hopefully it supports MS PowerPoint files, because that is the format I will get the files in - I have no choice there...

    I guess what I am looking at now is:
    1) Get X running ( :-/ ) and get StarOffice up and going.
    2) Grab PPT file from remote site. I am still not 100% sure how to do this. I don't think I can use FTP because the remote site is not running an FTP server. The file is just placed in a directory and liked via HTML. The way I do it now is right-click the link and choose "Save Link As..." Not sure if I understand the above suggestions correctly, but the remote site is not running a file server, so... <shrug>
    3) Figure out how to access the text within the .PPT file. From what people are saying, it may be easier to do this using StarOffce than using MS PowerPoint. I have never used StarOffice before, so I'll have to do some reading up on this. Does anyone have some code examples of how to access StarOffice files with Perl?

    Thanks for the pointers so far - they at least have me thinking in the right direction now...


      You don't need file serving on the windows machine. Right click on the folder containing the files, choose sharing and then select "shared as..." and give it a name. It is now available over the local network (ie up to the linux machine).

      Now on the linux machine try doing "man smbmount" and try to get the shared directory on the windows machine mounted on the linux machine (you probably need to be root).

      Also you don't need an ftp server on the linux machine as you can just as easily write a perl script to put the PPT file of your choice onto the remote machine of your choice. You could set it in the crontab to try and upload the file every 30 mins or something like that to your own machine. The only thing this requires is that you have access to the linux machine with ip forwarding...

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