Version of PDFSam in the repository is incredibly old

Bug #1012167 reported by Stefan K. on 2012-06-12
This bug affects 13 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
pdfsam (Debian)
Fix Released
pdfsam (Ubuntu)

Bug Description


the PDFSam version included in the Ubuntu repos is very old:
available in Ubuntu Precise: 1.1.4
available from : 2.21

Is it possible to get a newer version or are there roadblocks?

* make sure you have OpenJDK installed
* download the ZIP archive from
* extract the archive to some folder
* navigate to said folder in a file manager
* right click and open with OpenJDK

Stefan K. (astron) wrote :

Sorry, last step should have read:
"* right click the .jar file, and from the context menu choose Open with OpenJDK"

Logan Rosen (logan) on 2012-06-12
tags: added: upgrade-software-version
Changed in pdfsam (Debian):
status: Unknown → New
Mirko Pizii (hallino1) on 2012-06-13
Changed in pdfsam (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Mirko Pizii (hallino1)
Mirko Pizii (hallino1) on 2012-06-13
Changed in pdfsam (Ubuntu):
assignee: Mirko Pizii (hallino1) → nobody
Mirko Pizii (hallino1) on 2012-06-14
Changed in pdfsam (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Mirko Pizii (hallino1)
Mirko Pizii (hallino1) on 2012-06-15
Changed in pdfsam (Ubuntu):
assignee: Mirko Pizii (hallino1) → nobody
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in pdfsam (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed

+1 from me. I have followed the instructions at:

but would prefer not to have a workaround.


Existing version no longer works at all in current Ubuntu 13.04 build. It now *needs* to be replaced.

Overlaying it w/ 2.2.2 as discussed above solved the problem. Looks like this could be an easy fix for the right person!

theghost (theghost) wrote :

It's the curse of Debian :)
Even Debian sid (unstable) still has 1.1.4.
The package maintainers are discussing the upgrade.
So when Debian has a new version, Ubuntu will get a new version too, when the packages for a new release are synced.
Seems like we have to wait, some more releases :(

Logan Rosen (logan) on 2014-03-26
Changed in pdfsam (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
tags: added: trusty
tags: added: utopic

In 2015 it's still very old.

tags: added: wily
tags: added: xenial
Changed in pdfsam (Debian):
status: New → Fix Released
Changed in pdfsam (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Fix Released
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