[scribus] Using scribus to create PDFs from the commandline

Juraj Fedel wtxnh-scribus at yahoo.com.au
Thu Jul 31 12:54:48 UTC 2014

On Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 12:28:39PM -0400, William Bader wrote:
> I have posted a version of Juraj's patch that works against 1.5.0svn.
> I only had to apply one part by hand, and I changed "pythonScript = QFile::decodeName(argv()[i + 1]);" to "pythonScript = QFile::decodeName(args[i + 1].toLocal8Bit());".
> http://bugs.scribus.net/view.php?id=12572
> My build environment is only Linux (Fedora 20), but the patch does not seem to contain anything operating system dependent, and I suspect that Juraj was being cautious when he said Linux-only because it was never tested under Windows rather than because there is any reason that it should not work.
> At least on Linux, it still opens a window.  The window does not need any user interaction and closes when the script finishes, so that is OK for my purposes.  I imagine that on any x11 environment, you could create a virtual desktop with vncserver and connect Scribus to the virtual desktop instead of to a physical screen.
> I think that the "ugly" comment relates to the Scribus useGUI variable.  When running a python script, even though there is no GUI, the useGUI variable must be true, because if it is false, Scribus does not do anything.
> The useGUI variable might be better as an enumeration of four values: no GUI because there were errors on the command line that prevent Scribus from starting, no GUI because the user specified the --no-gui command line option, non-interactive GUI because the user is running a script with --python-script, and normal interactive GUI.  Or maybe as several boolean variables like fatal error, running a python script, gui needed.
> If Juraj does not have time to make the changes, and if you can be clear about what it would take to make the patches acceptable, I would be willing to try.
> Regards,William

Thank You William,
it is almost as if You read my mind.

I am very grateful that You fixed the patch for 1.5 source and posted it
at bug tracker. And I would be honored if you make required changes for
patch to be accepted (my 33K dialup connection is main reason I can not
be very responsive).


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