Replacement apps


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 ?



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:

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:

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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Can anyone recommend a native/rpm based app for removing metadata from a photo?

It’s been a while, but if you are still looking for an answer maybe I could mention I use exiv2 for that purpose. As an example, here is a simple script that will remove geographical and time information from an image.

#! /usr/bin/exiv2 -m
del Exif.Image.GPSTag
del Exif.GPSInfo.GPSVersionID
del Exif.GPSInfo.GPSLatitudeRef
del Exif.GPSInfo.GPSLatitude
del Exif.GPSInfo.GPSLongitudeRef
del Exif.GPSInfo.GPSLongitude
del Exif.GPSInfo.GPSAltitudeRef
del Exif.GPSInfo.GPSAltitude
del Exif.GPSInfo.GPSTimeStamp
del Exif.GPSInfo.GPSStatus
del Exif.GPSInfo.GPSMapDatum
del Exif.GPSInfo.GPSDateStamp
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