Linux does a lot of things out-of-the-box, just like a Mac. Essentially, unlike a Mac, Linux isn't boxed, and viceversa does a lot of things more than a Mac. It just lacks the sheer semplicity of Mac.
To join pdf use GhostScript. I tried successfully on my Ubuntu 8.10 machine.
(citation from linux.com)
gs -dBATCH -dNOPAUSE -q -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sOutputFile=finished.pdf file1.pdf file2.pdf
Unless you're very familiar with Ghostscript, that string of commands won't mean much to you. Here's a quick breakdown:
- gs -- starts the Ghostscript program
- -dBATCH -- once Ghostscript processes the PDF files, it should exit. If you don't include this option, Ghostscript will just keep running
- -dNOPAUSE -- forces Ghostscript to process each page without pausing for user interaction
- -q -- stops Ghostscript from displaying messages while it works
- -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -- tells Ghostscript to use its built-in PDF writer to process the files
- -sOutputFile=finished.pdf -- tells Ghostscript to save the combined PDF file with the name that you specified
gs -dBATCH -dNOPAUSE -q -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sOutputFile=finished.pdf *.pdf