Including PDFs in site search

software development


I’m told by my Drupal developer that “cat”, “pdftotext”, “catdoc”, “xls2csv”, “catppt”, and “unrtf” functions need to be available on the server in order to enable searching of PDFs, Word docs, etc. on my site with the search_files module.

Any idea 1) if these functions are enabled in Dreamhost; 2) if not, how best to get them up and running?



The majority of those are very specific in functionality and would not be installed by default.

You might be able to find PHP alternatives that you could implement. Failing that, you will require a dedicated server so that you could install the packages yourself.