Replacement apps

Hi,

I am a brand-new Fedora user and really like the quality and refinement of the OS. But it is missing a couple apps (mat2 & pdftk) that I use a lot (I am coming to Fedora from Debian). Can anyone suggest some equivalent apps that will perform the same basic functions?

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It would help to find suggestions if you explained what those missing apps did.

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did you checked https://flathub.org/ ?

search/pdf

search/metadata


pdftk exists in fedora, don’t know if it is the same

pdftk-java.noarch : GCJ-free toolkit for manipulating PDF documents

if you really want/need to use mat2 you could use/install it manually

pdftk was retired from Fedora. I can’t see why, but usually it’s because the maintainer didn’t want to look after it anymore or it didn’t build anymore, or if it was no longer actively developed:

https://src.fedoraproject.org/rpms/pdftk/commits/rawhide

pdftk is a command-line PDF editor which allows user to merge and separate by page PDFs

mat2 is a command-line Metadata Anonymization Toolkit which allows viewing and removal of metadata for privacy reasons in all kinds of documents

For pdftk, you can use qpdf; it supports selecting pages and joining PDFs:
https://src.fedoraproject.org/rpms/qpdf

For mat2, you might be able to use Obfuscate or Metadata Cleaner. They’re not packaged in Fedora, but are available on Flathub:

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These are some great suggestions. Thank you!

Wish I didn’t have to use Flatpak, but it appears there’s no choice for some apps.

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