Please include poppler-glib-demo tool in standard package

Bug #1537895 reported by A. Eibach
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poppler (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

I'm having an occasional issue with evince, and since the issue is clearly related to the PDF engine underneath which it uses (*this), I got a tip to run a PDF directly with 'poppler-glib-demo' in the 'poppler-demos' package.

However, this tip was NOT suitable for Ubuntu, as there is nothing like a 'poppler-demos' package, but the whole package structure is different.
So this is one more for the wishlist.
poppler-glib-demo is not just a demo for developers, but will also show errors that evince may be blamed for (for no reason at all). evince simply uses lots of things under the hood, and one of them is poppler for PDF rendering.

ISTR that our Fedora colleagues do have this tool compiled in binary form and included in the package.
As I think it might be pretty useful for bug-hunting, I'd ask you kindly to no longer do without it when building the Ubuntu poppler package.
Thanks for considering.

A. Eibach (andi3)
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Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for your bug report. Ideally that wishlist would be sent to Debian as well. Do you know if what binary fedora includes the binary? It's not useful on a normal system since it's for debugging but I guess we could ship it with poppler-utils or some dev binary...

Changed in poppler (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Confirmed
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A. Eibach (andi3) wrote :

>It's not useful on a normal system since it's for debugging
Depends on point of view. :)
*As long as* everything is still working fine, there is no need for that tool. But once evince goes all wonky with a certain PDF, it's the best tool to use and NOT (as most users do) put the entire blame on evince itself. But evince is merely the "executive power", while highly dependent on the API it accesses under the hood.

>Do you know if what binary fedora includes the binary?
Sure, but you will get the information only because you've explicitly asked for it. :) So here goes...

Originally, it was in poppler-utils, cf.

Later, Marek moved it to its own subpackage 'poppler-demos'.
Version 0.40 is now in the wild out there:

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