Topics: AIX, System Admin

Generating a PDF file from a text file on AIX

It's quite easy to generate a PDF file from a text file on AIX. What you need to do that, are both Enscript and Ghostscript installed. Both of them are RPMs that can be found in the AIX Toolbox for Linux Applications. Download the enscript and ghostscript RPMs, along with the RPMs ghostscript-fonts, libpng and urw-fonts, which are required by Ghostscript to run. Put the 5 RPMs in a single folder on your AIX system and run the following command to install all five:

# rpm -ihv *rpm
Now that it is installed, you can easily generate a PDF file. For example, if you wish to generate a PDF file from /etc/motd, run the following command:
# /opt/freeware/bin/enscript -B -p - /etc/motd \
| /usr/bin/gs -q -dNOPAUSE -dBATCH -sDEVICE=pdfwrite \
-sOutputFile=/tmp/motd.pdf -f -
The PDF file is written to /tmp/motd.pdf, and can be viewed with any PDF viewer.

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