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Topic: Dynamically parsing pdfs and adding links to pdf via Unix command line
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 113921
From: juliebread
Date: 6/23/2004 06:35 AM

I have ~2,000 pdf files. They have item numbers in this format:

542315-D
843125-A
942468-F
...

The regular expresion for the item number format is: [0-9]{6}-[A-F]

It's pretty simple to extract all the item numbers if I convert the pdfs to text (using xpdf's 'pdftotext'), and then parse for them using the above reg. ex.

Now the problem: I want to parse the pdfs without converting them to plain text, find the item numbers, and dynamically add a web link around each found item within the pdf document. The link would be something like: search.asp?item=730300-D&search_type=whatever

Thanks for reading...
Julie B.


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