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A collection of transformer scripts to produce a printed collection of conversations on tools and practices around libre graphics.


HOW is transformer utility to pull mdsh code from some location (local/remote) and create a pdf from this content using LaTeX code as an intermediary format. In this current setup the markdown code is edited and stored in an etherpad environment.

.mdsh is an extension to markdown adding possibility of footnotes, citations, comments and action hooks.

Action hooks are lines of text (disguised as comments) that trigger the execution defined in a local file. This actions are written for Bash and may do anything that's possible on a GNU/Linux commandline interface.

Current actions:

% INCLUDEMDSH: locationofcode

  • includes mdsh code in mdsh code


  • indicates speaker change

% GRAFIK: locationofpdfjpgsvgpngx

  • includes an image.
  • will check for alternate version in the same location to provide highest quality
  • fullpage/inline/side


  • change fontsize


  • go back to standard font definition


basename (GNU coreutils) 8.13
strip directory and suffix from filenames

bash 4.2+dfsg-0.1
GNU Bourne Again SHell

bibtex (bibtex 0.99d 1 February 2010)
make a bibliography for (La)TeX

cat (GNU coreutils) 8.13
concatenate files and print on the standard output

convert (ImageMagick Date: 2009/01/10 01:00:00)
convert between image formats as well as resize an image, blur, crop, despeckle, dither, draw on, flip, join, re-sample, and much more.

cp (GNU coreutils) 8.13
copy files and directories

curl 7.26.0-1+wheezy8
command line tool for transferring data with URL syntax

cut (GNU coreutils) 8.13
remove sections from each line of files

dpkg 1.16.12
Debian package management system

echo (GNU coreutils 8.12.197-032bb September 2011)
display a line of text

egrep (GNU grep) 2.12
print lines matching a pattern

exit (Linux 2009-09-20)
cause normal process termination

expr (GNU coreutils) 8.13
evaluate expressions

fold (GNU coreutils) 8.13
wrap each input line to fit in specified width

ftp 0.17-27
classical file transfer client

gedit 3.4.2-1
official text editor of the GNOME desktop environment

gimp 2.8.2-2+deb7u1
The GNU Image Manipulation Program

grep 2.12-2
GNU grep, egrep and fgrep

head (GNU coreutils) 8.13
output the first part of files

vector-based drawing program

kate 4:4.8.4-1
K Advanced Text Editor

latex (Web2C 2012 14 May 2010)
structured text formatting and typesetting

ls (GNU coreutils) 8.13
list directory contents

makeindex (TeX Live 24 September 2011)
a general purpose, formatter-independent index processor

man 2.6.2
macros to format man pages

md5sum (GNU coreutils) 8.13
compute and check MD5 message digest

mv (GNU coreutils) 8.13
move (rename) files

ne 2.4-1
easy-to-use and powerful text editor

general markup converter

pdflatex (pdftex 1.40 1 March 2011 PDFTEX(1))
PDF output from TeX

pdftk 1.44-7
tool for manipulating PDF documents

python 2.7.3-4+deb7u1
interactive high-level object-oriented language (default version)

read (Linux 2009-02-23)
read from a file descriptor

rev from util-linux 2.20.1
reverse lines of a file or files

rm (GNU coreutils) 8.13
remove files or directories

scribus 1.4.0.dfsg+r17300-1.1
Open Source Desktop Page Layout - stable branch

sed 4.2.1-10
The GNU sed stream editor

sleep (GNU coreutils) 8.13
delay for a specified amount of time

sort (GNU coreutils) 8.13
sort lines of text files

tac (GNU coreutils) 8.13
concatenate and print files in reverse

tail (GNU coreutils) 8.13
output the last part of files

tee (GNU coreutils) 8.13
read from standard input and write to standard output and files

tr (GNU coreutils) 8.13
translate or delete characters

uniq (GNU coreutils) 8.13
report or omit repeated lines

vim 2:7.3.547-7
Vi IMproved - enhanced vi editor

wc (GNU coreutils) 8.13
print newline, word, and byte counts for each file

wget 1.13.4-3+deb7u1
retrieves files from the web