Introduction to GSview

GSview is a viewer for PostScript and PDF using X.

Package Information

Additional Downloads

GSview Dependencies


GTK+-1.2.10 and AFPL Ghostscript-8.51 or ESP Ghostscript-7.07.1 (with installed)

Installation of GSview

GSview uses netscape to browse through the online help. BLFS does not install Netscape, but has other browsers from which to choose. You can create a symlink from your preferred browser to /usr/bin/netscape, or simply edit srcunx/gvxreg.c using the following sed script with your browser's executable file name substituted for [browser]:

sed -i 's:netscape:[browser]:' srcunx/gvxreg.c

Install GSview by running the following commands:

sed 's|GSVIEW_ROOT=/usr/local|GSVIEW_ROOT=/usr|' \
    srcunx/unx.mak > Makefile &&
patch -Np1 -i ../gsview-4.7-pstotext-1.patch &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

sed 's|GSVIEW_ROOT=/usr/local|GSVIEW_ROOT=/usr|': This command changes the default installation directory to /usr.

Configuring GSview

Config Files



Installed Programs: gsview and gsview-help
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: /etc/gsview, /usr/share/doc/gsview-4.7

Short Descriptions


is a viewer for PostScript (PS) and PDF files.


is a script for displaying help files in your chosen browser.

Last updated on 2005-08-01 13:29:19 -0600