Problems with PDF Output

DJ Lucas dj at
Wed Nov 26 13:39:24 PST 2008

Bruce Dubbs wrote:
> Thomas Reitelbach wrote:
>> But it would have been wise to fix this before the release. I'm of course not 
>> one of those people to decide such things. But for the last releases i 
>> believe that someone (who?) resolved rendering issues like this with the 
>> book.
> I've made that last couple of releases.  In this case, I decided to release 
> without the pdf for now because further delay would make too many packages out 
> of date.
> We need to discuss a couple of issues.
> 1.  How do we handle the bootscripts and udev config files' excessive line 
> length?  We can go in and adjust the bootscripts' line lengths to have a max of 
> 72 characters, but the udev config does not allow line breaks.
> 2.  How do we break up long <screen></screen> sections so the rendering goes 
> across multiple pages?
> One solution would be to strip the bootscripts and udev files completely from 
> the book (at least for the pdf rendering) as was done before 6.4.  The still 
> leaves the problem of properly rendering the long table in Man-DB.  I suppose we 
> could double it up to four columns.
Forgive the obvious, but I'm thinking a smaller font for these parts.  I 
don't see any problem with having smaller text in these sections of the 
book as they are tables and appendixes, not necessarily required 
reading.  I don't have any clue how to go about doing this, but it seems 
to me that this would be the best option.

-- DJ Lucas

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