pdftk retired?

Tom Callaway tcallawa at redhat.com
Thu Mar 6 19:52:27 UTC 2014

On 03/06/2014 06:41 AM, Jochen Schmitt wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 06, 2014 at 12:03:46PM +0100, Florian Weimer wrote:
>> pdftk has a hard dependency on GCJ because it's a C++ program that
>> uses a Java library (iText) through CNI.  I once tried to rewrite
>> the C++ part in Java, but the existing command line parser is quite
>> involved, so I didn't quite get there.
>> Switch to pdftk version 2 doesn't change the basic architecture of
>> the program.
>> (We really want to get rid of GCJ.)
> An additional reason is the fact, that pdftk2 may depend on iText5 or later.
> For licensing reasons Fedora only provides iText-2.1.7 at the last release 
> of iText wihout any known licensing issues.
> That are the two reasons why I'm not able to support pdftk on Fedora 
> anymore and was forced to reitred this package. I'm sorry for nayone
> who maintaining any package with dependencies on this package.

This is why pdftk died. We can't include iText5+ because of its
licensing issues.


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