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[opensuse] Printing posters
  • From: "Carlos E. R." <robin.listas@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Sep 2013 13:24:55 +0200 (CEST)
  • Message-id: <alpine.LNX.2.00.1309081305340.13022@Telcontar.valinor>
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a friend of mine passed me a link to a beautiful 1944 "Chart of electromagnetic radiations" at <>. He wants to print the big version <> in four pages and joing them later. I have a laser color printer, his is B/W, so the task is on me :-)

Fine! I say. Linux has the "poster" CLI app, just the very thing:

poster (1) - Scale and tile a postscript image to print on multiple pages

So first I convert the image to postscript, then I try a trial 'poster' run:

cer@Telcontar:~/Photos/curios> convert radiationbigger.jpg
cer@Telcontar:~/Photos/curios> cer@Telcontar:~/Photos/curios> poster -s 0.8 -v -o
Using default media of A4
Using default cutmargin of 5%
Using default whitemargin of 0
Opened '' for writing
Deciding for 2 columns and 2 rows of landscape pages.
print page 1
print page 2
print page 3
print page 4
cer@Telcontar:~/Photos/curios> l radiationbigger*
- -rw-r--r-- 1 cer users 10829489 Sep 8 13:14
- -rw-r--r-- 1 cer users 1825248 Aug 30 20:02 radiationbigger.jpg
- -rw-r--r-- 1 cer users 10827572 Sep 8 13:12

Wonderful. I'm already gloating. So I want to display the result with "gv" - bang! It errors with:

Error: /limitcheck in -file-GPL Ghostscript 9.06: Unrecoverable error, exit code 1

Operand stack:
Execution stack:
%interp_exit .runexec2 --nostringval-- --nostringval-- - --nostringval-- 2 %stopped_push --nostringval-- --nostringval-- --nostringval-- false 1 %stopped_push 1894 1 3 %oparray_pop 1893 1 3 %oparray_pop 1877 1 3 %oparray_pop 1771 1 3 %oparray_pop --nostringval-- %errorexec_pop .runexec2 --nostringval-- --nostringval-- --nostringval-- 2 %stopped_push
Dictionary stack:
--dict:1163/1684(ro)(G)-- --dict:0/20(G)-- --dict:94/200(L)--
Current allocation mode is local

The generated postscript is bad, I can not make use of it.

Ok, so then 2 questions:

1) Is this a known bug? (and is there a known solution)?

2) Is there another method to generate a 4 page poster without using the "poster" program? I tried "gimp" for a while, got nowhere.

This is using 12.3 and:


- -- Cheers

Carlos E. R.
(from 12.3 x86_64 "Dartmouth" at Telcontar)

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