system command - ImageMagick convert

From: Andrew Penny <andybpenny_at_nyahnyahspammersnyahnyah>
Date: Mon Apr 15 2013 - 17:24:16 MDT

Hi there,

I'm trying to convert an image from pdf to gif format with ImageMagick's "convert" from within NCL using the "system" command. However, when I attempt this I get what looks to be a ghostscript error (I'm not sure exactly of the error source). When I try the command outside of NCL, everything works properly and I'm able to convert the image just fine. Interestingly, when I switch to an older version of NCL (6.0.0), everything works just fine too. Any ideas on what might be causing this behavior with the "system" command in newer versions of NCL (v. 6.1.2)??

The error I get when trying to convert the image from within the NCL script is:

   **** Error: Cannot find a 'startxref' anywhere in the file.
   **** Warning: An error occurred while reading an XREF table.
   **** The file has been damaged. This may have been caused
   **** by a problem while converting or transfering the file.
   **** Ghostscript will attempt to recover the data.
   **** Error: Trailer is not found.
Error: /stackunderflow in --run--
Operand stack:
Execution stack:
   %interp_exit .runexec2 --nostringval-- --nostringval-- --nostringval-- 2 %stopped_push --nostringval-- --nostringval-- --nostringval-- false 1 %stopped_push 1910 1 3 %oparray_pop 1909 1 3 %oparray_pop 1893 1 3 %oparray_pop --nostringval-- --nostringval-- --nostringval-- --nostringval-- --nostringval--
Dictionary stack:
   --dict:1172/1684(ro)(G)-- --dict:1/20(G)-- --dict:82/200(L)-- --dict:82/200(L)-- --dict:109/127(ro)(G)-- --dict:293/300(ro)(G)-- --dict:21/31(L)--
Current allocation mode is local
GPL Ghostscript 9.06: Unrecoverable error, exit code 1
convert: Postscript delegate failed `/Users/abpenny/storms/tcs25_28/graphics/ctt_slp/tcs25_28_d01-ctt_slp_2008-08-28-00_00.pdf': No such file or directory @ error/pdf.c/ReadPDFImage/678.
convert: no images defined `/Users/abpenny/storms/tcs25_28/graphics/ctt_slp/tcs25_28_d01-ctt_slp_2008-08-28-00_00.gif' @ error/convert.c/ConvertImageCommand/3078.


Andrew Penny
Research Associate - Meteorology Department
Naval Postgraduate School
Monterey, CA 93943
Phone: (831) 656-3101

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