Bug 1268259 - Ghostscript (via ImageMagick convert) takes extremely long to convert PDF to PNG
Ghostscript (via ImageMagick convert) takes extremely long to convert PDF to PNG
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of bug 1302121
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
Classification: Red Hat
Component: ghostscript (Show other bugs)
x86_64 Linux
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Assigned To: David Kaspar [Dee'Kej]
QE Internationalization Bugs
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Blocks: 1289025 1305230
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Reported: 2015-10-02 06:54 EDT by Peter Bex
Modified: 2016-06-22 09:24 EDT (History)
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Description Peter Bex 2015-10-02 06:54:57 EDT
Description of problem:

When using ImageMagick or GraphicsMagick's "convert" program to convert a PDF to PNG, ghostscript is invoked and takes several hours to convert an image. On newer versions of ghostscript this takes only a few seconds.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. With ImageMagick: "convert foo.pdf foo.png", with GraphicsMagic: "gm convert foo.pdf foo.png".
2. Look in "top" or "ps" for a "gs" process eating up CPU.

Actual results:

Ghostscript takes ages to convert image.

Expected results:

Ghostscript takes mere seconds to convert image.

Additional info:

The command line of the ghostscript interpreter spawned by ImageMagick includes the flag "-dTextAlphaBits=4".  When invoking ghostscript manually and changing only that flag to "-dTextAlphaBits=1", it completes pretty quickly.

I've found that updating Ghostscript to a newer version fixes the problem as well. I've built and installed the ghostscript-9.10-4.fc20.src.rpm SRPM from Fedora 20.

If you can't reproduce the issue, I can provide a PDF that triggers the problem.
Comment 2 josef radinger 2016-02-18 02:41:59 EST
any progress here?
we are affected as well. the same issue. conversion never ends (we killed the processes after several hours). upgrading did the trick, but we need a supported version.
Comment 3 David Kaspar [Dee'Kej] 2016-06-22 09:24:22 EDT
Hello, I have previously started to solve this issue in the BZ #1302121. I will close this BZ as a duplicate. You can track all the progress there.

Thank you for your understanding.

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 1302121 ***

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