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From "Jim deVos (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (PDFBOX-3142) PDFMergerUtility generates result with blank pages for certain source files.
Date Tue, 01 Dec 2015 01:29:10 GMT
Jim deVos created PDFBOX-3142:

             Summary: PDFMergerUtility generates result with blank pages for certain source
                 Key: PDFBOX-3142
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/PDFBOX-3142
             Project: PDFBox
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: Utilities
    Affects Versions: 1.8.10
         Environment: Ubuntu 14.04.3, java 1.8.0_66
            Reporter: Jim deVos

My team uses PDFMergerUtility to attach cover pages to various pdfs .   We recently we tried
utilizing a scratch file (e.g. PDFMergerUtility.mergeNonSeq())  to cut down on the amount
of RAM we are using. This approach works for the majority of pdf's in our system, but some
files cause the merger utility to generate resultant pdf's with a blank page.  Specifically,
the result pdf contains a blank page after the coverpage instead of the first page of the
second document sent to merger utility.

Whenever this problem occurs, we see the following line in our logs:

{{org.apache.pdfbox.pdfparser.NonSequentialPDFParser - Can't find the object 52 0 (origin
offset 7187557)}}

I'll try to attach/link an example pdf soon, but currently I don't have permission to redistribute
any files that exhibit the problem.  However,  here's a simple snippet that replicates the
problem - it's pretty straightforward.

    public void testMergeNonSeq() throws IOException, COSVisitorException {
        destinationPdf = new File(TMP_FOLDER, "result-nonseq.pdf");
        PDFMergerUtility ut = new PDFMergerUtility();
        RandomAccess ram = new RandomAccessFile(File.createTempFile("mergeram", ".bin"), "rw");
        //the only automated way we have to tell that something went wrong is to check the
size of the result
        assertThat("destination pdf should be larger than the original pdf", destinationPdf.length(),
is( greaterThan(documentPdf.length())));


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