gimli – utility for converting markup to pdf
Gimli is a utility for converting markup to pdf files. Useful for reports and such things.
It’s a developed version of textile2pdf to support multiple markup styles and to get syntax highlighting.
Check out a small presentation here. http://slides.wallgren.me/gimli
Markup files may be written in any format supported by GitHub-Markup (except roff).
Images can be included by absolute url on your hard drive or a absolute url on the Internet. You can also refer to an image relative from the markup file. Example in textile.
!/tmp/test.jpg! !http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/bc/Wiki.png! !../images/test.jpg!
The best way to install Gimli is with RubyGems:
$ [sudo] gem install gimli
You can install from source:
$ cd gimli/ $ bundle $ rake install
The standard way to run gimli is to go to a folder with markup files and running
To apply some style to the pdf or override the standard style add a css file in the directory named
gimli.css or use the
-s flag to point out another css file.
Standard behavior is for gimli to output the files in the current directory. To override this use the
-o flag to point out another output directory. Gimli tries to create it if it doesn’t exist.
Gimli also plays nice with Jekyll style markup files. You can pass gimli the
-y flag to have it remove Jekyll’s YAML front matter from the top of your markup files. Allowing you to use gimli & Jekyll together on your Blog/Resume/Catalogue to create nicely formatted versions for online and offline viewing.
gimli -h for a full list of options available
In page files you can get automatic syntax highlighting for a wide range of languages by using the following syntax:
If you want to be able to use the syntax highlightning you have to install pygments
Example installation on Ubuntu
$ sudo aptitude install python-setuptools $ sudo easy_install pygments
```ruby def foo puts 'bar' end ```
The block must start with three backticks (as the first characters on the line). After that comes the name of the language that is contained by the block. The language must be one of the short name lexer strings supported by Pygments. See the list of lexers for valid options.
If the block contents are indented two spaces or one tab, then that whitespace will be ignored (this makes the blocks easier to read in plaintext).
The block must end with three backticks as the first characters on a line.