I need to convert PDF files to EPS.. Then I need to strip all text and images.. So far this works

pdftocairo -f 1 -l 1 -eps test.pdf - | sed '/BT/,/ET/ d' | sed '/^8 dict dup begin$/,/^Q$/ c Q' > no_text_and_images.eps

But how to check if the EPS file even contains vector? I need to do some OCR on the output - but only if vector is present in the file.. If it only contains text and images I don't want to use resources to run it through a OCR process

Sample file: http://docdro.id/yJZTGBt

  • I have an idea, but I'd have to test it. Do you have a sample of a document that contains pages that contain the various permutations of {has,does not have} {vector,text,image}?
    – hackerb9
    Mar 16, 2018 at 12:23
  • By the way, you may want to change the title from EPS to PDF since that's what you actually want. (And the solution may be easier from a PDF since there are more tools).
    – hackerb9
    Mar 16, 2018 at 12:24
  • @hackerb9, sorry didn't see your comments.. have added a link to a sample pdf file :)
    – clarkk
    Mar 20, 2018 at 11:53

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You can use ImageMagick. The '-trim' option crops an image as small as possible and will tell you if your image is completely empty:

$ convert -trim no_text_images.eps foo.jpg
convert-im6.q16: geometry does not contain image [...]

Because the convert command does not return an error code for this warning, your shell script will need to grep the stderr.

if ! convert -trim no_text_images.eps foo.png 2>&1 |
     grep 'does not contain image'; then
    [ there's an image, so process it ]
    [ there's no image ]

However, now that I see what you're working on I may have a simpler solution for you. Why not try using ocrmypdf? Just sudo apt install ocrmypdf to install it on your Debian box.

I ran it on the PDF you gave me and, even though I have my tesseract set to English, it got a reasonable rendering of the vector you have at the top of the form:

$ ocrmypdf  --force-ocr  --oversample 150  084.pdf  foo.pdf
$ pdftotext foo.pdf -  |  less
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