Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 220983
Evince (and xpdf) bad rendering of PDF file generated by ps2pdf
Last modified: 2010-03-09 11:35:40 EST
Description of problem:
The attached PDF file was generated from Postscript output from Scribus and run
through ps2pdf. A PDF of this document generated directly from Scribus can be
viewed with xpdf and evince. A PDF of this document generated by ps2pdf from ps
output from Scribus can be viewed by Acrobat Reader on Linux, but the graphic is
a black box when viewed with xpdf and evince.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1."print-to-file" from Scribus 184.108.40.206
2. ps2pdf nameoffile.ps
The graphic is a black box
The graphic should say "Movie Cash"
Created attachment 144564 [details]
Scribus document, graphic, .ps output and PDF file
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I need to do some more thorough investigation of this bug this weekend, but I
can confirm that xpdf 3.00-16.el4 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES 4 Update 6
(with all updates applied) is affected. So, it still affects a Red Hat-family
distribution that is nowhere near end-of-life.
(BTW, the RHEL ES 4 U6 box in question is a print server, among other duties,
and I see the same bug show up on paper if I feed the PDF files to lpr instead
of viewing them with xpdf. In fact, this happens quite frequently when printing
web pages from Mac OS X 10.4.11/10.5.2 clients to this print server.)
The situation is still exactly as described in my initial bug report using
evince-2.20.2-1.fc8 on Fedora 8/x86_64. The bug was initially reported on
Fedora 6/i386 but it still exists on Fedora 8/x86_64.
In other words, the bug still exists with no change since my initial report.
FWIW, it looks like this bug is actually different than what I'm experiencing --
on a fully updated Debian etch system, your test case (the one attached to this
bug) fails, but my own test case (a PDF generated on Mac OS X 10.4.11) is
displayed properly and doesn't have the black boxes. (Both cases fail on my RHEL
ES 4 U6 box.)
Still a bug on F10, updated to Oct 26.
mangles it, acroread shows it.
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The bug is still present in Fedora 10.
Nothing has changed since this bug was originally reported.
This also looks wrong in Okular. Reassigning to poppler, which is the library which handles PDF in both Evince and Okular (and is based on xpdf, so it's not surprising they share the same bugs).
This also affects rawhide: poppler-0.10.5-1.fc11.x86_64. (PDF renders OK in gv.)
The bug is still present in Fedora 11.
Nothing has changed since this bug was originally reported.
I can reproduce this on i686 with xpdf. Please change the Platform from "x86_64 Linux" to "All Linux". In addition, the Version should probably be changed from 11 to rawhide (assuming the bug exists on i686 Rawhide in addition to x86_64, which is almost certainly the case). Doing this will improve the chances of this being worked on.
Should have said "I can reproduce this on i686 F11". Unfortunately, I only have x86_64 Rawhide, so I can't test on i686 Rawhide but since it exists on x86_64 I think it's safe to assume it's also on i686.
I've been searching through the FreeDesktop Bugzilla, but I can't find the upstream bug report. We're not relying on telepathy for a resolution, are we?
This is apparently not an upstream issue. I have been advised that the "movie cash" pdf that is attached to this bug report looks just fine with Evince on Ubuntu Karmic using debian package number Version: 2.28.1-0ubuntu1.2
So whatever the problem appears to have either been solved by the Debian folks and not submitted upstream, or it's a problem specific to Red Hat/Fedora.
the described problem has been fixed in upstream poppler 0.11.1 (actually, it is a feature), which implies that it works in Fedora 12.
But it is a really big patch and it could pull in some regressions, so, I won't backport it into Fedora 11.
I'm closing this with resolution NEXTRELEASE.
For more info see commits e521c1efaeba3f35d10e46bca3d9650dabd2d889,
78a58931b4347ecb505bad5a51104382ef5f91c7 in poppler's git.
(In reply to comment #17)
> the described problem has been fixed in upstream poppler 0.11.1 (actually, it
> is a feature), which implies that it works in Fedora 12.
It does indeed! No more black box with up to date F12: