Extract text from all PDFs in curdir & subdirs to new files named as source+.txt, linux only.

echo '#!/bin/bash' > junk.sh ; find . -iname *.pdf -type f -printf \p\s\2\a\s\c\i\i\ \"%p\"\ \ \"%p\.\t\x\u\"\;\ \p\a\r\ \<\"%p\.\t\x\u\"\ \>\"%p\.\t\x\t\"\ \;\ \r\m\ \"%p\.\t\x\u\"\ \\n >>junk.sh; chmod 766 junk.sh; ./junk.sh ; rm junk.sh
Linux users wanting to extract text from PDF files in the current directory and its sub-directories can use this command. It requires "bash", "ps2ascii" and "par", and the PARINIT environment variable sanely set (see man par). WARNING: the file "junk.sh" will be created, run, and destroyed in the current directory, so you _must_ have sufficient rights. Edit the command if you need to avoid using the file name "junk.sh"

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By: p0g0
2013-01-27 21:29:08

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