Wanted: SAP manuals in ePub format

Every time SAP comes out with a new set ofSybase SAP pdf manuals, the meta data has to be corrected. Often the stored titles, description, etc are wildly wrong. Very sloppy and unprofessional for a mega corp the size of SAP.

The ePub book format has been out for many years and has many features that make it tablet, phone, PC, whatever friendly. Reading a SAP manual at night? No problem, change the font color to white on black so you don’t wake your spouse. The font is too small? No problem, choose a larger or different font. You can’t do any of that with a PDF. Try reading the ASE Admin guides on a 4″ iPhone. I dare you. You might as well pour salt in your eye sockets.

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SAP SYBASE IQ 16.0 SP8 MANUALS FIXED TO WORK WITH TABLET/PHONE PDF READERS LIKE ALDIKO

Aldiko Book Reader Premium Full v2.2.3.apkMany PDF readers for smart phones (Android/iphone) and tablets manage the pdf files Calibre_Logobased solely on the Title and Author fields in the PDF file. While for this is fine for your average book, it is not all that helpful with manuals that tend to have abbreviated or no data in the title/author fields. In the case of the manuals for Sybase IQ, I’m unable to load the manuals for say v15.4 and v16.0 as they have the same Title/Author data.

How to fix? Easy. Go get Calibre. Drop the PDF files on to the running Calibre. Edit them by hitting the E key.

In my case, I edited the “Title”, “Author”, “Tags”, “Publisher” and “Languages”:

Calibre

Calibre doesn’t modify the PDF files themselves so I will need to export the files to a custom directory. In Calibre nomenclature, this is “Saving”. Highlight all the titles you want to export and hit “S” twice. Why twice? No idea. Choose the directory.

You can now copy the exported PDF files to your phone, tablet, whatever without fear of the v16.0 version of the P&T Guide being rejected by Aldiko because the v15.4 version is already added.

Here are the IQ v16.0 SP8 manuals that I’ve ‘fixed’ to work with Aldiko. They are identical to the PDFs on sybooks with the exception of the PDF fields I mentioned previously.

No copyright infringement is intended. SAP/Sybase, please feel free to take these and host them.

IQ 16.0 SP8 – SAP IQ Cockpit – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP8 – Installation and Configuration Guide [ Windows ] – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP8 – Installation and Configuration Guide [ Solaris ] – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP8 – Installation and Configuration Guide [ HP-UX ] – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP8 – Administration_ User Management and Security – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP8 – Reference_ Statements and Options – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP8 – User-Defined Functions – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP8 – Administration_ In-Memory Row-Level Versioning – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP8 – Reference_ Building Blocks, Tables, and Procedures – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP8 – Reference_ Programming – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP8 – Release Bulletin [ Windows ] – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP8 – Release Bulletin [ Linux ] – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP8 – Administration_ Multiplex – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP8 – What’s New in SAP IQ 16.0 – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP8 – Migration [ Windows ] – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP8 – Administration_ Load Management – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP8 – Guide to Licensed Options – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP8 – Migration [ Linux and UNIX ] – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP8 – Quick Start [ Windows ] – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP8 – Quick Start [ Linux and UNIX ] – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP8 – Administration_ Spatial Data – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP8 – Performance and Tuning Guide – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP8 – Release Bulletin [ IBM AIX ] – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP8 – Release Bulletin [ HP-UX ] – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP8 – Release Bulletin [ Solaris ] – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP8 – Administration_ Database – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP8 – Unstructured Data Analytics – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP8 – Utility Guide – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP8 – Administration_ Backup, Restore, and Data Recovery – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP8 – Installation and Configuration Guide [ IBM AIX ] – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP8 – Administration_ Globalization – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP8 – Installation and Configuration Guide [ Linux ] – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP8 – Interactive SQL Guide – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP8 – Introduction to SAP IQ – SAP, Inc_

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SAP SYBASE IQ 16.0 SP3 MANUALS FIXED TO WORK WITH TABLET/PHONE PDF READERS LIKE ALDIKO

Aldiko Book Reader Premium Full v2.2.3.apkMany PDF readers for smart phones (Android/iphone) and tablets manage the pdf files Calibre_Logobased solely on the Title and Author fields in the PDF file. While for this is fine for your average book, it is not all that helpful with manuals that tend to have abbreviated or no data in the title/author fields. In the case of the manuals for Sybase IQ, I’m unable to load the manuals for say v15.4 and v16.0 as they have the same Title/Author data.

How to fix? Easy. Go get Calibre. Drop the PDF files on to the running Calibre. Edit them by hitting the E key.

In my case, I edited the “Title”, “Author”, “Tags”, “Publisher” and “Languages”:

Calibre

Calibre doesn’t modify the PDF files themselves so I will need to export the files to a custom directory. In Calibre nomenclature, this is “Saving”. Highlight all the titles you want to export and hit “S” twice. Why twice? No idea. Choose the directory.

You can now copy the exported PDF files to your phone, tablet, whatever without fear of the v16.0 version of the P&T Guide being rejected by Aldiko because the v15.4 version is already added.

Here are the IQ v16.0 SP3 manuals that I’ve ‘fixed’ to work with Aldiko. They are identical to the PDFs on sybooks with the exception of the PDF fields I mentioned previously.

No copyright infringement is intended. SAP/Sybase, please feel free to take these and host them.

IQ 16.0 SP3 – Programming – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP3 – Quick Start_ Unix_Linux – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP3 – Reference_ Building Blocks, Tables, and Procedures – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP3 – Reference_ Statements and Options – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP3 – Release Bulletin_ Linux – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP3 – SAP Sybase IQ Error Messages – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP3 – Unstructured Data Analytics – SAP, Inc_ IQ 16.0 SP3 – User-Defined Functions – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP3 – Utility Guide – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP3 – Administration_ Backup, Restore, and Data Recovery – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP3 – Administration_ Globalization – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP3 – Administration_ In-Memory Row-Level Versioning – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP3 – Administration_ Load Management – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP3 – Administration_ Multiplex – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP3 – Administration_ Spatial Data – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP3 – Administration_ User Management and Security – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP3 – Guide to Licensed Options – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP3 – Introduction to SAP Sybase IQ – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP3 – Linux Installation and Configuration Guide – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP3 – Migration_ Unix_Linux – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP3 – New Features Summary – SAP, Inc_
IQ 16.0 SP3 – Performance and Tuning Guide – SAP, Inc_
SAP Control Center 3.3 – Release Bulletin – SAP, Inc_
SAP Control Center for SAP Sybase IQ 3.3 – SAP, Inc_
Unified Agent and Agent Management Console 2.0.2 – User’s Guide – SAP, Inc_

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Running Ubuntu 12.04 with NVidia video and you’re either crashing or have blue ‘smurfs’ on YouTube? SOLVED

There is a bug in the NVidia drivers that can cause Xwindows (Xorg) to crash and people on YouTube to be shown with blue skin. There is an easy fix for this:

Create or update your /etc/adobe/mms.cfg file as root to fix the crashing issue:

EnableLinuxHWVideoDecode=0
OverrideGPUValidation=true

Next we need to fix Adobe Flash by:

cd $( dirname $( locate libflashplayer.so ) )
sudo cp libflashplayer.so libflashplayer.so.bak
sudo perl -pi.bak -e 's/libvdpau/lixvdpau/g' libflashplayer.so

That’s it!

Update: This is no longer an issue with Ubuntu 12.10

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Combining multiple Adobe PDF files into a single PDF file

After I downloaded a few eBooks from Bruce Perens’ Open Source Series, I noticed that several of the books were zip files containing the chapters as individual PDF files.  I don’t know about you, but I would rather hava a single monolithic PDF file for each book.

By using Ghostscript and pdftk, we are able to create the PDF file with no problem:

gs -dNOPAUSE -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sOUTPUTFILE="Implementing CIFS The Common Internet File System.pdf" -dBATCH frontmatter.pdf content.pdf foreword.pdf intro.pdf ch01.pdf  ch02.pdf  ch03.pdf  ch04.pdf  ch05.pdf  ch06.pdf  ch07.pdf  ch08.pdf  ch09.pdf  ch10.pdf  ch11.pdf ch12.pdf  ch13.pdf  ch14.pdf  ch15.pdf  ch16.pdf  ch17.pdf  ch18.pdf  ch19.pdf  ch20.pdf  ch21.pdf  ch22.pdf ch23.pdf  ch24.pdf  ch25.pdf  ch26.pdf apa.pdf apb.pdf apc.pdf apd.pdf glossary.pdf references.pdf index.pdf 

On Ubuntu Linux, you can quickly install these two tools with a single command:

aptitude install gs pdftk
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