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-8.53 or ESP Ghostscript-8.15.2

Note that you must build the shared library during the Ghostscript installation else the gsview program will fail at run-time.

User Notes:

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

The GSview package has not been updated in quite a while and does not accomodate the recent versions of the ESP Ghostscript package. If you installed ESP Ghostscript-8.15.2 as your Ghostscript application, you must modify the maximum version of Ghostscript allowed. Make the modification using the following command:

sed -i 's:999:99999:' src/gvcver.h

Install GSview by running the following commands:

patch -Np1 -i ../gsview-4.8-pstotext-1.patch &&
sed 's:/local::' srcunx/unx.mak > Makefile &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

sed 's:/local::' srcunx/unx.mak > Makefile: This command changes the default installation directory to /usr during the creation of the Makefile.

Configuring GSview

Config Files



Installed Programs: gsview and gsview-help
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: /etc/gsview and /usr/share/doc/gsview-4.8

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 2006-12-10 11:54:49 -0600