Bug 687125

Summary: location of %PDF header
Product: Ghostscript Reporter: James Quirk <quirk>
Component: PDF InterpreterAssignee: Alex Cherepanov <alex>
Severity: minor CC: jack, martin, ralph.giles
Priority: P3    
Version: 8.11   
Hardware: PC   
OS: All   
Customer: Word Size: ---
Attachments: test of PDF floating header

Description James Quirk 2003-11-06 09:05:41 UTC
GhostScript requires that a PDF file start with ``%PDF-n.m''  but
Adobe's PDF Reference stipulates: ``Acrobat viewers require only that the header
appear somewhere within the first 1024 bytes of the file.'' A similar
stipulation exists for ``%%EOF'' appearing in the last 1024 bytes of a file.
Now some applications generate PDF's that are wrapped in a GPG signature or
include a header that turns the document into a self-extracting archive.
They can be read by both Acroread and Xpdf, but not by GhostScript.
The obvious workaround is to filter such files before they are fed
to GhostScript for viewing. But the best long term solution 
would be to make GhostScript adhere to Adobe's notion of a floating header.
The required bug-fix would likely impact on past fixes that dealt with
problems where a PS file was incorrectly identified as a PDF file.
Comment 1 Dan Coby 2003-11-09 23:18:40 UTC
Please attach an example file.
Comment 2 James Quirk 2003-11-10 07:36:25 UTC
Created attachment 354 [details]
test of PDF floating header

The bug can be reproduced with any PDF file. Simply prepend a PDF by a blank
or a few lines of text, then try viewing the modified file with Acroread, Xpdf
and Ghostscript. 
This attachment, for example, prepends four lines to the file ``annots.pdf''
with GhostScript v8.11. It can be viewed with Acroread and Xpdf, but not by
For a realistic example of a PDF file with text before the document header,

Comment 3 Ray Johnston 2004-09-01 23:12:27 UTC
*** Bug 687601 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 4 Ray Johnston 2006-04-04 09:34:17 UTC
*** Bug 688630 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 5 Alex Cherepanov 2007-04-08 11:29:49 UTC
Created attachment 2868 [details]

Increase the size of %stdin buffer to support larger lookahead requests and
look for for %PDF- tag in the first 1024 bytes of the file.

Ignore annotations without /Subtype hey to process one of the samp[le files.

No CET or Comparefiles differences.
Comment 6 Alex Cherepanov 2007-04-08 11:47:22 UTC
The patch is committed as rev. 7835 and 7835.