[scribus] batch mode version of scribus

farid help at scribus.info
Thu Aug 26 13:49:22 CEST 2010

Submitted on 08/26/2010
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   Name: farid
   Email Address: frietfriet at gmail.com
   Subject: batch mode version of scribus
Hi all,

I saw that there is a long standing feature request for a command line  
version of Scribus to be able to create pdf's in a batch mode  
(http://bugs.scribus.net/view.php?id=238). Our company now has a student that  
could invest a couple of months development time in such a feature. What we  
are thinking of is something like gimp's script-fu-server.

In short: with script-fu-server you can write command's to a unix port which  
is read by gimp and executed.
The idea is to extend scribus such that it can read (python?) commands from a  
port which will be executed. Scribus should be started with a new command  
line option:
scribus --batch 10008

the integer is the port number from where the commands are read.
Additionally we could add a "--no-interface" option to stop the gui from  
being shown and also switch of rendering of the document to speed up things.  
(An alternative would be to start scribus with the display set to a virtual  
display using Xvfb.)

I would appreciate it if someone from the development team could give us  
hints about :
-would such a modification be possible within a couple of weeks time-frame?
-where in the code we should make these modifications.?
-what are the pitfalls? (thread safety etc. although we would be happy if  
scripts could be executed one at a time)
-could someone from the development team be reachable in case of questions?  
(i'll be the mentor of the student myself but need someone for complex  
questions to contact)

Thanks in advance,

   About your Scribus program:
     Version: 1.3.7svn
     Prebuilt/Compiled: Prebuilt
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   Your operating system and CPU:
     Type: Linux
     Version: opensuse 10.1
     CPU type: 32bit (Intel/AMD - i386)

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