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Re: Pretty output on paper - how best to do it?

by Tardis (Pilgrim)
on Mar 11, 2002 at 23:45 UTC ( #151013=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Re: Pretty output on paper - how best to do it?
in thread Pretty output on paper - how best to do it?

I understand your concern, having a bunch of files lying around is not quite as elegant.

However such a 'problem' is ripe for abstraction into a module. Create some methods to create, store and fetch pdf files, and hide all that LaTeX magic externally.

Even better, make the file generation work for you. The .dvi file that LaTeX generates can be used again and again. Do some simple date checks of your source file against that of the .dvi file and you effectively have an efficient cache.

We use such a thing here in a billing system. Statements are generated and stored on the disk. The .tex, .txt and .ps files are all stored. When someone wants to reprint or reshow the statement, it fetches the appropriate .txt or .ps file. If it doesn't exist, it regenerates them from the .tex file.

In that way, whenever we are short on disk space (or if we want to minimize the amount of files we are moving from machine to machine during a hardware upgrade :-), we just nuke everything but the .tex files, and everything still works, if more slowly.

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