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I try to convert a doc file to a pdf file with the linux bash.
I tried different ways like jodconverter, ghostscript, postscript and so on, but all didn't work as espected.
Additionally I can say that I have only the bash.

Is there any way, which you can advice me?

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Thanks, but nothing works for me. :) –  CSchulz Sep 19 '11 at 16:33

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Have you tried unoconv?

I did, and it seems to work. This is what I did (after lots of googling :):

  1. I installed unoconv (I had Libre Office installed)
  2. Booted to console (no X server running)
  3. Started soffice in headless mode with this command:

    /usr/lib/libreoffice/program/soffice.bin -headless -nofirststartwizard -accept="socket,host=localhost,port=8100;urp;StarOffice.Service" &

After that, simple unoconv document.doc converted document.doc to document.pdf (pdf is default output format).

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Thanks for the answer. I get following error "unoconv: UnoException during conversion: URL seems to be an unsupported one. The provided document cannot be converted to the desired format.". I searched for it at google, but I can't find any solution. –  CSchulz Oct 5 '11 at 10:12
    
libreoffice -headless -convert-to pdf document.doc How about this? –  Goran Jurković Oct 6 '11 at 12:38
    
The argument headless is deprecated. --headless is the new argument. :) I got following error: stat: cannot read file system information for `test.doc': Input/output error –  CSchulz Oct 12 '11 at 8:28
    
Hm, it could be some kind of a file system problem... I assume test.doc is in your current directory, try stat test.doc It could be that you are not able to access that file at all. –  Goran Jurković Oct 13 '11 at 14:31
    
Now it seems that the command work, but I can't find the output or an argument for it. –  CSchulz Oct 14 '11 at 7:41
lowriter --convert-to pdf *.doc

lowriter is the 'writer' program from LibreOffice (maybe your distro's LibreOffice package differs - check this!).

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Thanks but I haven't a running X-Server. –  CSchulz Sep 20 '11 at 11:32

If you need the reverse convertion, or other nice PDF conversion, you could try this online tool: http://kitpdf.com/.

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