Ghostscript

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Ghostscript is an interpreter for the PostScript language and for PDF, available from http://www.ghostscript.com. Ghostscript is a command-line-tool, if you need a graphical interface install GSView. Ghostscript can be a requirement of other software, for example Scribus.

Ghostscript is available either with a GPL licence, or with a commercial licence. From the Ghostscript web site: "Which license is right for me? For example, for personal use, use without redistribution, and use with no technical support the GNU Public License (GPL) download is your choice. If you are unwilling/unable to abide by the terms of the GPL (for instance, if you wish to redistribute these software packages or derivations thereof commercially), or if you wish to pay for technical support, you will need to acquire a commercial license from Artifex."

AFPL Ghostscript and ESP Ghostscript have been discontinued, their features integrated into GPL Ghostscript.

Each Ghostscript version is installed separately, when you uninstall one version it doesn't uninstall other versions.

Ghostscript 9[edit]

An improvement over Ghostscript 8, Ghostscript 9 can be silently installed directly by using the downloaded installer, and can be uninstalled silently.

GPL Ghostscript WPKG Package (32-bit version)[edit]

This package includes uninstallation of various previous versions of Ghostscript.

<package
	id="ghostscript"
	name="Ghostscript"
	revision="2"
	reboot="false"
	priority="20" >

	<check
		type="file"
		condition="exists"
		path="%PROGRAMFILES%\gs\gs9.04\bin\gswin32.exe"/>

	<install cmd='%SOFTWARE%\ghostscript\gs904w32.exe /S' />

	<!-- Remove the Ghostscript fonts installed separately by versions prior to 8.63 -->
	<upgrade cmd='cmd /c "IF EXIST "%ProgramFiles%\gs\fonts\uninstal.txt" "%PROGRAMFILES%\gs\uninstgs.exe" "%ProgramFiles%\gs\fonts\uninstal.txt"" -q' />

	<!-- Uninstall Ghostscript 8.54 -->
	<upgrade cmd='cmd /c "IF EXIST "%PROGRAMFILES%\gs\gs8.54\uninstal.txt" "%PROGRAMFILES%\gs\uninstgs.exe" "%PROGRAMFILES%\gs\gs8.54\uninstal.txt"" -q' />
		
	<!-- Uninstall Ghostscript 8.61 -->
	<upgrade cmd='cmd /c "IF EXIST "%PROGRAMFILES%\gs\gs8.61\uninstal.txt" "%PROGRAMFILES%\gs\uninstgs.exe" "%PROGRAMFILES%\gs\gs8.61\uninstal.txt"" -q' />
		
	<!-- Uninstall Ghostscript 8.63 -->
	<upgrade cmd='cmd /c "IF EXIST "%PROGRAMFILES%\gs\gs8.63\uninstal.txt" "%PROGRAMFILES%\gs\uninstgs.exe" "%PROGRAMFILES%\gs\gs8.63\uninstal.txt"" -q' />

	<!-- Remove redundant directory structure -->
	<upgrade cmd='cmd /c "IF EXIST "%PROGRAMFILES%\gs\nul.ext" rmdir "%PROGRAMFILES%\gs" /S"' />
		
	<upgrade cmd='%SOFTWARE%\ghostscript\gs904w32.exe /S' />

	<remove cmd='%PROGRAMFILES%\gs\gs9.04\uninstgs.exe /S' />
</package>

GPL Ghostscript WPKG Package (32-bit and 64-bit versions)[edit]

Installs :

  • win32 on 32-bit OS
  • win32 and win64 on 64-bit OS
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<packages>
    <package
        id="ghostscript"
        name="Ghostscript"
        revision="%version%"
        reboot="false"
        priority="20" >

        <variable name="version" value="9.06" />
        <variable name="shortversion" value="906" />

        <check architecture="x86" type="file" condition="exists" path="%PROGRAMFILES%\gs\gs%version%\bin\gswin32.exe"/>
        <check architecture="x64" type="file" condition="exists" path="%PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\gs\gs%version%\bin\gswin32.exe"/>
        <check architecture="x64" type="file" condition="exists" path="%PROGRAMFILES%\gs\gs%version%\bin\gswin64.exe"/>

        <install cmd='%SOFTWARE%\ghostscript\gs%shortversion%w32.exe /S' />
        <install architecture="x64" cmd='%SOFTWARE%\ghostscript\gs%shortversion%w64.exe /S' />

        <!-- Remove the Ghostscript fonts installed separately by versions prior to 8.63 -->
        <upgrade cmd='%COMSPEC% /c "IF EXIST "%ProgramFiles%\gs\fonts\uninstal.txt" "%PROGRAMFILES%\gs\uninstgs.exe" "%ProgramFiles%\gs\fonts\uninstal.txt"" -q' />
        <!-- Uninstall Ghostscript 8.54 -->
        <upgrade cmd='%COMSPEC% /c "IF EXIST "%PROGRAMFILES%\gs\gs8.54\uninstal.txt" "%PROGRAMFILES%\gs\uninstgs.exe" "%PROGRAMFILES%\gs\gs8.54\uninstal.txt"" -q' />
        <!-- Uninstall Ghostscript 8.61 -->
        <upgrade cmd='%COMSPEC% /c "IF EXIST "%PROGRAMFILES%\gs\gs8.61\uninstal.txt" "%PROGRAMFILES%\gs\uninstgs.exe" "%PROGRAMFILES%\gs\gs8.61\uninstal.txt"" -q' />
        <!-- Uninstall Ghostscript 8.63 -->
        <upgrade cmd='%COMSPEC% /c "IF EXIST "%PROGRAMFILES%\gs\gs8.63\uninstal.txt" "%PROGRAMFILES%\gs\uninstgs.exe" "%PROGRAMFILES%\gs\gs8.63\uninstal.txt"" -q' />
        <!-- Remove redundant directory structure -->
        <upgrade cmd='%COMSPEC% /c "IF EXIST "%PROGRAMFILES%\gs\nul.ext" rmdir "%PROGRAMFILES%\gs" /S"' />
        <!-- Install -->
        <upgrade include="install" />

        <!-- uninstall 32 on x86 host and 64 on x64 host -->
        <remove cmd='%PROGRAMFILES%\gs\gs%version%\uninstgs.exe /S _?=%PROGRAMFILES%\gs\gs%version%' />
        <!-- uninstall 32 on 64 -->
        <remove architecture="x64" cmd='%PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\gs\gs%version%\uninstgs.exe /S _?=%PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\gs\gs%version%' />
	</package>
</packages>