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I'd like to install xPDF on a CentOS 5.5 server. No GUI, I really just need the console apps.

Can anyone give me a brief guide?

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Instead of using epel i just downloaded the latest version from the xpdf website.


  1. I extracted it - tar -xzvf xpdf_vxxxx.tar.gz

  2. cd xpdf_vxxxxx

  3. ./configure it warned me that i was missing free type and a couple of other libraries, but since i only wanted the console apps anyway i ignored that message
  4. make (more random warning messages)
  5. make install

Then I could just run pdftotext and the rest of em :)

Good luck people.

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Add EPEL then use yum to install it.

Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (or EPEL) is a Fedora Special Interest Group that creates, maintains, and manages a high quality set of additional packages for Enterprise Linux, including, but not limited to, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL),CentOS and Scientific Linux (SL).

EPEL packages are usually based on their Fedora counterparts and will never conflict with or replace packages in the base Enterprise Linux distributions. EPEL uses much of the same infrastructure as Fedora, including buildsystem, bugzilla instance, updates manager, mirror manager and more.

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