Advanced printing/layout tools

Doug Poland doug at
Fri Jan 1 18:11:07 UTC 2010

On 2010-01-01 11:42, Polytropon wrote:
> On Fri, 01 Jan 2010 11:30:09 -0600, Doug Poland<doug at>  wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I've been tasked to print a phonebook style directory for an
>> organization.  The data will be coming out of a MySQL database and can
>> be easily saved as comma-delimited, or whatever text format I need.
>> My specific question is, what open source tools would one use to tackle
>> a project like this?  I'm very comfortable in a CLI and do not
>> require/desire a GUI.
> I'd suggest to use awk + LaTeX. I've been very happy with this
> combination for a various number of tasks - just as you mentioned:
> Data coming from some kind of database (MySQL, CSV or whatever)
> and should then be layouted.

Thanks for the info. I had a feeling I'd be introduced to LaTeX sooner
or later.  Should be plenty of web resources for such a venerable tool.


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