Copy Protected PDFs and PIL

Steve Holden steve at
Thu Nov 11 22:01:19 CET 2010

On 11/11/2010 3:28 PM, Brett Bowman wrote:
> I'm trying to parse some basic details and a thumbnail from ~12,000 PDFs
> for my company, but a few hundred of them are copy protected.  To make
> matters worse, I can't seem to trap the error it causes: whenever it
> happens PIL throws a "FATAL PDF disallows copying" message and dies.  An
> automated way to snap a picture of the PDFs would be ideal, but I'd
> settle for a way to skip over them without crashing my program.
> Any tips?
Well, you might consider letting us know whether the program gives a
traceback or whether it's a PIL crash, for a start.

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