[cairo] svg2pdf -- problem with <text>

John Delacour johndelacour at gmail.com
Mon Dec 29 12:05:54 PST 2008

I wrote:

Everything has been going pretty smoothly until just now when I decided to
> add text to the SVG code.  The tags <text ...></text> with no content cause
> no problem but as soon as I put any text between the tags the script runs
> very slowly.  The PDF files are created but have zero content and I get no
> error returned from svg2pdf.

Further information on the above problem:

1.  I said I got no error from svg2pdf.  In fact I get 'bus error' when I
run it in the terminal.
2.  If I include only white space between the opening and closing tags, a
valid PDF is created.
3.  If I write Chinese only between the tags, as below, a valid pdf file is
created but the display is blank with no text:

<text x="20" y="20" style="font-family:serif;font-size:18pt;" fill="black">

4.  If I write a mixture of Chinese and polytonic Greek, the PDF file is
created but contains garbage and cannot be opened.

5.  Any single us-ascii or accented European character etc. or any
combination of these causes a bus error.

I hope someone has a solution, as things were looking very pretty indeed
before I bumped into this hurdle.

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