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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: Sun, 24 Jul 2022 08:44:47 -0700

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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