[NTG-pdftex] [\immediate]\pdfximage

Hans Hagen pragma at wxs.nl
Fri Oct 12 14:03:06 CEST 2007

David Kastrup wrote:
> Hi,
> in an application of ours, we have the situation that quite a number
> of graphics files are checked for their size and stuff, and then a
> decision is made whether to use them in the resulting PDF.
> If we do the checks using \pdfximage, the resulting file handle (and
> internal data structures) are kept open until the end of the TeX run,
> waiting to see whether actually a \pdfrefximage will ever occur.
> Bad.  We actually run out of file handles on some platforms because of
> that.
> If we do the checks using \immediate\pdfximage, then the graphics file
> will be written out to the PDF even though it will never get displayed
> or used.  Since probably only one of five files actually _is_ supposed
> to be printed, this will blow up the PDF completely unnecessarily.
> Any idea how to deal with this?  How about something like
> [\immediate]\pdfcloseximage which makes PDFTeX forget all about a
> previously included file, freeing the resources?
> Or is there something I don't understand?

as martin said ... just script a solution .. running pdfinfo and 
collecting the info of 10.000 pdf files is not much slower than letting 
pdftex open them, close them, clean up mem etc etc


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