[scribus] merging pdf files.

William Bader williambader at hotmail.com
Thu Jul 16 19:01:02 UTC 2015

> Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2015 14:18:13 -0400
> From: John at wexfordpress.com
> To: scribus at lists.scribus.net
> Subject: [scribus] merging pdf files.
> I have roughly 200 pdf files that I need to merge
> into one file. They constitute the pages of a
> book. Some are the product of Scribus and some
> are not. Eventually all will be. All are the same
> page size. I have tried pdftk, a Ghostscript
> command and so on. Nothing seems to work even on
> small subsets. What do you folks use?
> My environment is Slackware linux 14.1
> -- 
> John Culleton
> Wexford Press
> Book layout, typesetting and Indexing
> Free list of books for self-publishers:
> http://wexfordpress.net/shortlist.html

I have used both ghostscript and poppler pdfunite to combine small numbers of PDFs.
With ghostscript, the command would be
gs -q -dNOPAUSE -dBATCH -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -dCompatibilityLevel=1.4 -sOutputFile=new.pdf -c .setpdfwrite -f *.pdf
It is important to have a recent version of gs like 9.16. http://www.ghostscript.com/
Depending on the files and the version of gs, -dUseFastColor or -dNOGC might make it run faster.
If it does not work, you can file a bug report at http://bugs.ghostscript.com/
With poppler pdfunite, the command would be
pdfunite *.pdf new.pdf
The current release is poppler 0.34.0 http://poppler.freedesktop.org/
If pdfunite does not work, you can file a bug report at https://bugs.freedesktop.org
William Bader, Director of Research and Development at SCS, http://www.newspapersystems.com

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