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Re: GIMP vs. rsvg-convert for building PSPP

From: Ben Pfaff
Subject: Re: GIMP vs. rsvg-convert for building PSPP
Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2022 11:45:08 -0700

I think I can write a few dozen lines of Python to add a text block to
a png file. Maybe I'll do that.

On Sun, Jul 24, 2022 at 8:44 AM Ben Pfaff <> wrote:
> I don't think that's required, even though it does seem like a nice thing to 
> do.
> On Sat, Jul 23, 2022 at 12:15 PM John Darrington
> <> wrote:
> >
> > When I looked into this some years ago, gimp was the only tool I found that
> > was capable of filling the TXT block of png files.
> >
> > On Fri, Jul 22, 2022 at 11:48:03AM -0700, Ben Pfaff wrote:
> >      PSPP currently uses GIMP to generate PNGs from SVGs. GIMP is
> >      heavyweight, slow, and commonly not installed on developer systems, so
> >      we run it from Smake as pre-configuration.
> >
> >      There's a newer program called rsvg-convert that is much more commonly
> >      available these days. It is lightweight, fast, and more commonly
> >      installed (it is a binary that comes with the rsvg library, which is
> >      itself widely used). It produces good-quality output. I think that we
> >      could switch to it from GIMP, run it at build time instead of as part
> >      of Smake, and thereby improve the build process.
> >
> >      Does anyone have comments on this?

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