Re: [R] readPDF() -- unsure how to install xpdf to make this work?

From: Tony Breyal <tony.breyal_at_googlemail.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2008 12:20:00 -0800 (PST)

Hi Gabor, yes, i used the link from that website to figure out the steps to setting my path: http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000549.htm

but i'm still doing something wrong it seems (see my last post in response to Joris).

Cheers,
Tony Breyal

On 16 Nov, 20:07, "Gabor Grothendieck" <ggrothendi..._at_gmail.com> wrote:
> There is information on http;//batchfiles.googlecode.com
> on setting your PATH.
>
>
>
> On Sun, Nov 16, 2008 at 2:41 PM, Tony Breyal <tony.bre..._at_googlemail.com> wrote:
> > Hi,
>
> > Uwe -- ahh, thank you kindly, I was able to do a web search after
> > reading your post above in order to find a guide on how to set the
> > path in windows (i wasn't aware that this is how a file is made
> > avaiable to the system). I haven't got it to work yet, but at least
> > i'm on the right track! also just after reading your post, i've
> > discoverd the system() function in R, what wonderful thing that is!
>
> > Clair -- I'm still working on getting the files to be accessable to
> > the system, but in the mean time i have just discovered the system()
> > function in R which is work around for the moment... so using your
> > example, you could do:
> > ## R code
> >> system(paste('"C:/Program Files/xpdf/pdftotext.exe"', '"C:/Documents and Settings/clair/Desktop/test/r-intro.pdf"'), wait=FALSE)
>
> > the above will create a new text document in your c:/../test folder.
>
> > Now obviously, we want to use the readPDF() function in package: tm.
> > so on my uni laptop, running windows XP, this is what i have done:
>
> > 1. Click through: start >> control panel >> system
> > 2. Click the Advanced tab.
> > 3. Click Environment variables.
> > 4. Click New (under 'system') to add a new variable name and value.
> > 4a. name: pdftotext
> > 4b. value: C:\Program Files\xpdf\pdftotext.exe
> > 5. Click New (under 'system') to add a new variable name and value.
> > 4a. name: pdfinfo
> > 4b. value: C:\Program Files\xpdf\pdfinfo.exe
>
> > In theory, i think, that should work. however so far it hasn't, so not
> > quite sure what to do. but at least in the mean time we have the system
> > () function as a work around. If you can figure out what i'm doing
> > wrong (probably something obvious knowing me!) please do let me know.
>
> > Cheers,
> > Tony Breyal
>
> > On 16 Nov, 18:14, Uwe Ligges <lig..._at_statistik.tu-dortmund.de> wrote:
> >> clair.crossup..._at_googlemail.com wrote:
> >> > I never said it *should* work.
>
> >> > I was simply trying something out that works on other types of files
> >> > I've needed in the past (eg: html, csv, dat, etc.). I don't know the
> >> > details of the pdf format, but I thought it was worth a try, certainly
> >> > no harm in experimenting, and hence I learned that pdfs aren't stored
> >> > in the same way that other files i've used in the past are. that's
> >> > fine, good to learn new things.
>
> >> > As for trying the readPDF() function, yes, I have downloaded and used
> >> > xpdf to convert pdfs into plain text since reading the OP email.
> >> > However, ow you can make xpdf available to the system so that readPDF
> >> > () works in R? i don't know, hence why I posted in this thread.
>
> >> > You clearly seem to have a solution, fancy sharing?
>
> >> Sure, I thought that could not be a real question:
> >> Set your environment variable PATH so that it additionally points to the
> >> directory where these tools are installed. As you would do for any other
> >> software that is to be called without knowledge where it is installed.
>
> >> Uwe Ligges
>
> >> > Clair Crossupton xx
>
> >> > On 16 Nov, 12:34, Uwe Ligges <lig..._at_statistik.tu-dortmund.de> wrote:
> >> >> clair.crossup..._at_googlemail.com wrote:
> >> >>> Hello, I was just wondering if you had found a solution? I am having
> >> >>> the same difficulty of converting pdf's into plain text documents in
> >> >>> R. I originally thought I could use the readLines() function, but as
> >> >>> you can see below that did not work.
> >> >> Why the hell should it? It is designed to read *text* files. And what
> >> >> you get below is exactly how your PDF file looks like if you read it as
> >> >> text which it is NOT. Why do you not also go the readPDF() way (and yes,
> >> >> it is not always possible nor reliable to go that way).
>
> >> >> Uwe Ligges
>
> >> >>> R> my.destfile <- "C:\\Documents and Settings\\clair\\Desktop\\test\\r-
> >> >>> intro.pdf"
> >> >>> R> my.url <- "http://cran.r-project.org/doc/manuals/R-intro.pdf"
> >> >>> R> download.file(url = my.url, destfile=my.destfile, mode='wb')
> >> >>> R> txt <- readLines(my.destfile)
> >> >>> R> txt
> >> >>> [1]
> >> >>> "%PDF-1.4"
> >> >>> [2]
> >> >>> "%"
> >> >>> [3] "1 0 obj
> >> >>> <<"
> >> >>> [4] "/Length 587
> >> >>> "
> >> >>> [5] "/Filter /
> >> >>> FlateDecode"
> >> >>> [6]
> >> >>> ">>"
> >> >>> [7]
> >> >>> "stream"
> >> >>> [8] "xmTM @\020+z\017&?\024tBL\020$d4*.\002\001<_f
> >> >>> \017'W_wիrc;`GUOV&\006(R)\027[v6W7Tvb
> >> >>> \030"uYt/N.5=\025S<bG "
> >> >>> Warm Regards,
> >> >>> Clair
> >> >>> On 13 Nov, 15:10, Tony Breyal <tony.bre..._at_googlemail.com> wrote:
> >> >>>> Dear R-Help,
> >> >>>> I need to convert a set of '.pdf' files into an equivalent set of
> >> >>>> '.txt' files. This is so that i can do some text mining on the
> >> >>>> content.
> >> >>>> In the latest R-News letter (http://cran.r-project.org/doc/Rnews/
> >> >>>> Rnews_2008-2.pdf), the package 'tm' for text mining is mentioned. In
> >> >>>> that lovely package, there is a function called 'readPDF()'. In order
> >> >>>> to use this, ?readPDF says
> >> >>>> "Note that this PDF reader needs both the tools pdftotext and
> >> >>>> pdfinfo installed and accessable on your system."
> >> >>>> These tools are available fromhttp://www.foolabs.com/xpdf/download.html
> >> >>>> I am able to download this and use it easily from a dos window to
> >> >>>> convert a pdf file into a txt file.
> >> >>>> Question: how do i make these tools available to R, so that i can use
> >> >>>> the readPDF() function?
> >> >>>> Thank you in advance for any help, and I hope the above made sense.
> >> >>>> Tony Breyal
> >> >>>> ###OS = Windows Vista Ultimate>> sessionInfo()
> >> >>>> R version 2.8.0 (2008-10-20)
> >> >>>> i386-pc-mingw32
> >> >>>> locale:
> >> >>>> LC_COLLATE=English_United Kingdom.1252;LC_CTYPE=English_United Kingdom.
> >> >>>> 1252;LC_MONETARY=English_United Kingdom.
> >> >>>> 1252;LC_NUMERIC=C;LC_TIME=English_United Kingdom.1252
> >> >>>> attached base packages:
> >> >>>> [1] grid stats graphics grDevices utils datasets
> >> >>>> methods base
> >> >>>> other attached packages:
> >> >>>> [1] tm_0.3-1 XML_1.98-1 Snowball_0.0-3
> >> >>>> RWeka_0.3-14 rJava_0.6-0 Matrix_0.999375-16
> >> >>>> lattice_0.17-15 filehash_2.0
> >> >>>> loaded via a namespace (and not attached):
> >> >>>> [1] proxy_0.4-1
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