Bug 88175 - Include ghostscript shared library
Include ghostscript shared library
Product: Red Hat Raw Hide
Classification: Retired
Component: ghostscript (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Tim Waugh
Mike McLean
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Blocks: 113951
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Reported: 2003-04-07 08:16 EDT by Rex Dieter
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:52 EDT (History)
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Fixed In Version: 7.07-18
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Last Closed: 2004-01-20 11:34:56 EST
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Description Rex Dieter 2003-04-07 08:16:11 EDT
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User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.0)

Description of problem:
Please reconsider including the ghostscript shared library/object.  I (and my 
users) find it very useful, and it can be used in many other packages, 
including ImageMagick and gsview (though currently not included in redhat).

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Comment 1 Rex Dieter 2003-04-07 08:33:01 EDT
At *least* change the
Obsoletes: ghostscript-gtk
Obsoletes: ghostscript-gtk < %{version}-%{release}
so that you can have the option of putting it back later.
Comment 2 Tim Waugh 2003-04-07 08:49:20 EDT
It can be used in ImageMagick?
Comment 3 Rex Dieter 2003-04-07 08:54:17 EDT
Yep, ImageMagick can link to it and call it this way (faster) instead of using 
the external gs binary for any eps/ps conversions.
Comment 4 Tim Waugh 2003-04-07 08:57:08 EDT
jrb: let me know if you want to do this.  Sounds a good idea actually.
Comment 5 Rex Dieter 2003-04-07 08:59:51 EDT


(the paragraph starting with)
Ghostscript (release 7.0 and later) may optionally install a library (libgs). 
If this library is installed, ImageMagick may be configured to use it.
Comment 6 Jonathan Blandford 2003-04-07 12:23:55 EDT
Schweet.  I'll have to look into that for the next release.
Comment 7 Tim Waugh 2003-04-07 12:55:53 EDT
The spec file in CVS has %{build_libgs} parametrized, when you want to play.

Probably the shared object should go in a separate subpackage though.
Comment 8 Stephen McGreal 2003-05-02 09:35:31 EDT
I'd like to add my desire to have a rebuilt ghostscript package for RH9, which 
includes the libgs.so shared library.  I have been trying to get GSView 4.4 to 
work and apparently it can't due to this missing library.

Comment 9 Rex Dieter 2003-05-21 12:59:23 EDT
And, FYI, in order to build ImageMagick w/ghostscript shared-lib support, it looks 
for ghostscript's headers in  
by default.  You'll either need to put a symlink 
%{_includedir}/ps -> %{_includedir}/ghostscript 
in the ghostscript pkg or patch ImageMagick to look in %{_includedir}/ghostscript 
Comment 10 Gigs 2003-08-27 16:38:51 EDT
I would also like to see this included in a Red Hat 9 update package.  I am also
trying to get gsview to work with Red Hat 9, and now I have to recompile
ghostscript, which is not trivial if I want to retain all the drivers that come
with the RH ghostscript.
Comment 14 Russell Lang 2003-10-10 00:14:34 EDT
Please include libgs.so.  This is also required by GSview,
another PostScript/PDF viewer.
Comment 15 Gigs 2003-10-10 19:09:13 EDT
I'm confused, libgs.so was included with Red Hat 8.0, but not 9?  Is this a
mistake or a deliberate choice?  If it's a mistake then maybe we should escalate
this bug higher than enhancement level.
Comment 16 Tim Waugh 2003-10-11 06:43:26 EDT
Space was tight, and nothing we shipped used it.

I think we'll have to reevaluate this next time round.
Comment 17 Rex Dieter 2004-01-20 10:59:39 EST
Please, please, pretty please re-enable libgs.so support for Fedora
Core (2).

To reiterate, several software packages, including ImageMagick (and
gsview) can take advantage of this feature.
Comment 18 Tim Waugh 2004-01-20 11:34:56 EST
I'm building a 7.07-18 now which has this turned back on.
Comment 19 Rex Dieter 2004-01-20 11:39:00 EST
Thank you!

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