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Name: PDFtk Server
Open Source: yes
Description: "PDFtk Server is our command-line tool for working with PDFs. It is commonly used for client-side scripting or server-side processing of PDFs."

As far as I know, there is only poppler-utils (pdfseparate, pdfunite) that is able to split and merge pdf documents in the repositories. PDFtk would be helpful for many, I guess.

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frdn created this task.Apr 18 2017, 1:21 PM
DataDrake triaged this task as Low priority.Apr 18 2017, 11:14 PM
DataDrake moved this task from Backlog to Accepted For Inclusion on the Package Requests board.
JoshStrobl merged a task: Restricted Maniphest Task.Apr 27 2017, 5:49 PM
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badmark raised the priority of this task from Low to High.May 13 2017, 8:57 PM
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As a full time developer whom has recently moved to Solus the only thing that I am missing is the ability to run pdftk which I use on many web application to generate PDFs reports. Currently having to run PDFTK in a docker container which is not convenient at all.

JoshStrobl lowered the priority of this task from High to Low.May 13 2017, 9:06 PM
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Do not change priority.

euoar added a subscriber: euoar.May 15 2017, 1:09 AM

Uhh I don't see this ever getting packaged. Development is slow and relies on GCJ for compilation. That is the GNU Java Compiler and I am fairly certain it is no longer actively developed. There is a reason they only provide official builds for Red Hat/CentOS. Apparently its being rewritten w/o reliance on GCJ but I have little hope of this ever happening. Here is the issue with more information Poorly managed software.

My work flow relied on pdftk heavily. I wanted to compile it on solus and submit a patch. But I gave up when I saw GCJ dependency.

I am currently using ghostscript as a replacement, after searching extensively on stackoverflow for replacements.
cpdf looks promising, but it has a non-commercial license. Is solus against packaging software with this type of license?

I sincerely hope we can find some replacement for pdftk, spliting/merging/watermarking pdf files is essential to me in processing business documents.

JoshStrobl closed this task as Wontfix.Jun 25 2018, 12:39 PM
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This has sat in accepted for inclusion for over a year now. Clearly, there is a lack of demand for the inclusion of this software, nobody has stepped up to provide a patch, maintain it, and properly integrate it. Closing as a result. Feel free to reopen but only when someone offers a patch via our proper patch submission methods and volunteers to be maintainer.

frdn added a comment.Jul 10 2019, 9:06 PM

Just wanted to let everyone know that there is a flatpak build available as of late.

Matf added a subscriber: Matf.Nov 26 2019, 8:59 AM

There is also a snap, which I installed instead of the flatpak because I admit I am quite awkward with the dependencies of flatpaks and do not fully understand how the system works. I would recommend installing using snap install pdftk instead of sudo snap install pdftk though, as opposed to what is written in the pdftk snap page, to avoid any $PATH issue.