[needs-packaging] fop from apache xmlgraphics

Bug #121600 reported by Onkar Shinde on 2007-06-21
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Bug Description

From the website http://xmlgraphics.apache.org/fop/
Apache FOP (Formatting Objects Processor) is the world's first print formatter driven by XSL formatting objects (XSL-FO) and the world's first output independent formatter. It is a Java application that reads a formatting object (FO) tree and renders the resulting pages to a specified output. Output formats currently supported include PDF, PCL, PS, SVG, XML (area tree representation), Print, AWT, MIF and TXT. The primary output target is PDF.

It is one of the alternate solution to generate PDF from docbook using java/ant with help of docbook-xsl

Alexandre Franke (afranke) wrote :

It's all the more unfortunate that this package is not available as it is suggested by other packages such as docbook-xsl.

Matteo Settenvini (tchernobog) wrote :

I use this too for some semi-professional formatting work and I had to install it by hand. I recently switched from gentoo which has it packaged allright. I think we really need this.

Olivier Jacquet (ojacquet) wrote :

For what it's worth; +1.

Michael Scondo (micha105) wrote :

The packages are already in debian sid.
(You'll also have to install http://packages.debian.org/sid/libbatik-java)

Could anyone just move these packages into ubuntu, please ?

Daniel Holbach (dholbach) wrote :
Matteo Settenvini (tchernobog) wrote :

So we just need to have batik built, right?

Onkar Shinde (onkarshinde) wrote :

Batik has FTBFS for 3 reasons
1. One needs to preseed debconf for Sun java packages to that it can be installed non-interactively on build servers
2. Current batik version build depends on too old java version, 1.4, and it doesn't build with sun-java5-* packages.
3. There is no interest to preseed debconf for java 1.4 packages.

So once a newer version of batik is uploaded it will get build with sun-java5-* packages and then fop will also get built.

John McCourt (butterman) wrote :


I'm a professional programmer who uses fop & php to create complex mail merges. Sometimes the data has over one million records and or tables in the letters (statements etc). FOP is certainly a very useful tool for me because it produces the actual PDF files. Alternative packages like PRES and Mailshot cost over £2000 a license and only work on Windows. With Ubuntu I can use php to process the data and then call FOP from the php or command line to turn it into printable letters. Having FOP saved the company I work for alot of money and helped me promote Linux in the workplace.

BTW thanks for reporting this as a bug. It is now in Intrepid Main repository.

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