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From "Chris Bowditch (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (PDFBOX-504) Can't Parse any PDF using IBM JDK
Date Thu, 20 Aug 2009 13:09:15 GMT

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Chris Bowditch commented on PDFBOX-504:
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Thanks Jeremias. Your explanation makes sense. I knew there must have been a better way to
fix this. I tried just about every encoding other than US-ASCII :)

> Can't Parse any PDF using IBM JDK
> ---------------------------------
>
>                 Key: PDFBOX-504
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/PDFBOX-504
>             Project: PDFBox
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: Parsing
>    Affects Versions: 0.8.0-incubator
>         Environment: RedHat Linux IBM JDK
>            Reporter: Chris Bowditch
>            Priority: Critical
>         Attachments: ibm-parse-bug.patch, IBMJDKParseFix.diff, readable.pdf
>
>
> All PDF (that I have tried) fail to parse using IBM JDK 1.5 on RedHat Linux. The error
you receive is:
> Exception in thread "main" java.io.IOException: Error: Expected an integer type, actual='ãÃÃ'
>         at org.apache.pdfbox.pdfparser.BaseParser.readInt(BaseParser.java:1220)
>         at org.apache.pdfbox.pdfparser.PDFParser.parseObject(PDFParser.java:493)
>         at org.apache.pdfbox.pdfparser.PDFParser.parse(PDFParser.java:172)
>         at org.apache.pdfbox.pdmodel.PDDocument.load(PDDocument.java:736)
>         at org.apache.pdfbox.pdmodel.PDDocument.load(PDDocument.java:704)
>         at org.apache.pdfbox.PDFReader.parseDocument(PDFReader.java:323)
>         at org.apache.pdfbox.PDFReader.openPDFFile(PDFReader.java:286)
>         at org.apache.pdfbox.PDFReader.main(PDFReader.java:271)
> Although after debugging the actual error is hidden:
> java.io.IOException: Error: Expected an integer type, actual='ãÏÓ'
>         at org.apache.pdfbox.pdfparser.BaseParser.readInt(BaseParser.java:1220)
>         at org.apache.pdfbox.pdfparser.PDFParser.parseObject(PDFParser.java:483)
>         at org.apache.pdfbox.pdfparser.PDFParser.parse(PDFParser.java:172)
>         at org.apache.pdfbox.pdmodel.PDDocument.load(PDDocument.java:736)
>         at org.apache.pdfbox.pdmodel.PDDocument.load(PDDocument.java:704)
>         at org.apache.pdfbox.PDFReader.parseDocument(PDFReader.java:323)
>         at org.apache.pdfbox.PDFReader.openPDFFile(PDFReader.java:286)
>         at org.apache.pdfbox.PDFReader.main(PDFReader.java:271)
> The characters shown in the hidden message occur at the start of most PDF Files that
I have checked:
> %PDF-1.4
> %âãÏÓ
> 6 0 obj
> <</Filter /FlateDecode
> /Length 489
> >>
> stream
> Tracing the code I can see the problem is down to the skipToNextObject() method in PDFParser
class. This method is new since v0.7.4.
> The code converts the array of 16 bytes to a String. The characters âãÏÓ are read
as negative numbers in both Sun and IBM JDKs but whilst on Sun the String created from the
byte array contains the characters on IBM JDK these characters are missing from the String.
So when you read back 16 characters the stream offset is incorrect.

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