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Old 04-26-2014, 02:35 AM   #1
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How to view calibre conversion commands?

I have an .epub file I exported from Apple Pages. If I load it into Calibre, then convert it to .mobi, the cover looks great. But If I use ebook-convert from the command line to convert the .epub to .mobi, the book cover is missing. I tried using --cover=myfile.jpg, but that just places a picture of the file on the front cover.

Is it possible to see how calibre is executing the conversion commands? There's a debug option, but that just generates a bunch of html. I'm interested in duplicating what calibre is doing on the command line.

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Old 04-26-2014, 03:00 AM   #2
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Look at the log, click the rotating spinner in the bottom right corner.
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Old 04-26-2014, 03:17 PM   #3
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Look at the log, click the rotating spinner in the bottom right corner.
I've looked at that before, but it does not show the actual commands used for the conversion, only informational messages:
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Convert book 1 of 1 (Family Recipes)
Resolved conversion options
calibre version: 0.9.15
{'asciiize': False,
'author_sort': None,
'authors': None,
'base_font_size': 0.0,
'book_producer': None,
'change_justification': u'original',
'chapter': u"//*[((name()='h1' or name()='h2') and re:test(., '\\s*((chapter|book|section|part)\\s+)|((prolog|pr ologue|epilogue)(\\s+|$))', 'i')) or @class = 'chapter']",
'chapter_mark': u'pagebreak',
'comments': None,
'cover': u'/var/folders/l8/hn7b506d0ls1t81h0jv9gwjh0000gp/T/calibre_0.9.15_tmp_MAO_bW/cVKWLm.jpeg',
'debug_pipeline': None,
'dehyphenate': True,
'delete_blank_paragraphs': True,
'disable_font_rescaling': False,
'dont_compress': False,
'duplicate_links_in_toc': False,
'embed_font_family': None,
'enable_heuristics': False,
'extra_css': None,
'extract_to': None,
'filter_css': u'',
'fix_indents': True,
'font_size_mapping': None,
'format_scene_breaks': True,
'html_unwrap_factor': 0.4,
'input_encoding': None,
'input_profile': <calibre.customize.profiles.InputProfile object at 0x108d65ad0>,
'insert_blank_line': False,
'insert_blank_line_size': 0.5,
'insert_metadata': False,
'isbn': None,
'italicize_common_cases': True,
'keep_ligatures': False,
'language': None,
'level1_toc': None,
'level2_toc': None,
'level3_toc': None,
'line_height': 0.0,
'linearize_tables': False,
'margin_bottom': 5.0,
'margin_left': 5.0,
'margin_right': 5.0,
'margin_top': 5.0,
'markup_chapter_headings': True,
'max_toc_links': 50,
'minimum_line_height': 120.0,
'mobi_file_type': u'old',
'mobi_ignore_margins': False,
'mobi_keep_original_images': False,
'mobi_toc_at_start': False,
'no_chapters_in_toc': False,
'no_inline_navbars': False,
'no_inline_toc': False,
'output_profile': <calibre.customize.profiles.OutputProfile object at 0x108d65e90>,
'page_breaks_before': u'/',
'personal_doc': u'[PDOC]',
'prefer_author_sort': False,
'prefer_metadata_cover': False,
'pretty_print': False,
'pubdate': None,
'publisher': None,
'rating': None,
'read_metadata_from_opf': u'/var/folders/l8/hn7b506d0ls1t81h0jv9gwjh0000gp/T/calibre_0.9.15_tmp_MAO_bW/Oewxfb.opf',
'remove_fake_margins': True,
'remove_first_image': False,
'remove_paragraph_spacing': False,
'remove_paragraph_spacing_indent_size': 1.5,
'renumber_headings': True,
'replace_scene_breaks': u'',
'search_replace': '[]',
'series': None,
'series_index': None,
'share_not_sync': False,
'smarten_punctuation': False,
'sr1_replace': None,
'sr1_search': None,
'sr2_replace': None,
'sr2_search': None,
'sr3_replace': None,
'sr3_search': None,
'start_reading_at': None,
'subset_embedded_fonts': False,
'tags': None,
'timestamp': None,
'title': None,
'title_sort': None,
'toc_filter': None,
'toc_threshold': 6,
'toc_title': None,
'unsmarten_punctuation': False,
'unwrap_lines': True,
'use_auto_toc': False,
'verbose': 2}
InputFormatPlugin: EPUB Input running
on /var/folders/l8/hn7b506d0ls1t81h0jv9gwjh0000gp/T/calibre_0.9.15_tmp_MAO_bW/Z9vwGB.epub
Parsing all content...
Parsing OPS/chapter-24.xhtml ...
Parsing OPS/chapter-7.xhtml ...
Parsing OPS/chapter-1.xhtml ...
Parsing OPS/chapter-17.xhtml ...
Parsing OPS/chapter-8.xhtml ...
Parsing OPS/chapter-27.xhtml ...
Parsing OPS/chapter-16.xhtml ...
Parsing OPS/chapter-18.xhtml ...
Parsing OPS/toc.xhtml ...
Parsing OPS/chapter-29.xhtml ...
Parsing OPS/chapter-19.xhtml ...
Parsing OPS/chapter-11.xhtml ...
Parsing OPS/chapter-10.xhtml ...
Parsing OPS/chapter-30.xhtml ...
Parsing OPS/chapter-2.xhtml ...
Parsing OPS/chapter-20.xhtml ...
Parsing OPS/chapter-3.xhtml ...
Parsing OPS/chapter-12.xhtml ...
Parsing OPS/chapter-25.xhtml ...
Parsing OPS/chapter-21.xhtml ...
Parsing OPS/chapter-4.xhtml ...
Parsing OPS/chapter-13.xhtml ...
Parsing OPS/chapter-28.xhtml ...
Parsing OPS/chapter-9.xhtml ...
Parsing OPS/chapter-22.xhtml ...
Parsing OPS/chapter-5.xhtml ...
Parsing OPS/chapter-14.xhtml ...
Parsing OPS/chapter-23.xhtml ...
Parsing OPS/chapter-6.xhtml ...
Parsing OPS/css/book.css ...
Parsing OPS/chapter-15.xhtml ...
Parsing OPS/chapter-26.xhtml ...
Reading TOC from NCX...
Merging user specified metadata...
Detecting structure...
Flattening CSS and remapping font sizes...
Source base font size is 8.25000pt
Removing fake margins...
Found 30 items of level: div_1
Found 1297 items of level: p_2
div_1 left margin stats: Counter({u'': 30})
div_1 right margin stats: Counter({u'': 30})
Negative text indent detected at level p_2, ignoring this level
Cleaning up manifest...
Trimming unused files from manifest...
Trimming u'OPS/toc.xhtml' from manifest
Trimming u'OPS/images/cover-image.png' from manifest

Creating MOBI Output...
Serializing resources...
Creating MOBI 6 output
Generating in-line TOC...
Applying case-transforming CSS...
Parsing manglecase.css ...
Parsing tocstyle.css ...
Rasterizing SVG images...
Converting XHTML to Mobipocket markup...
Serializing markup content...
Compressing markup content...
Generating MOBI index for a book
MOBI output written to /var/folders/l8/hn7b506d0ls1t81h0jv9gwjh0000gp/T/calibre_0.9.15_tmp_MAO_bW/8v5hrv.mobi

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Old 04-26-2014, 09:47 PM   #4
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The resolved conversion options map directly to corresponding options for the ebook-convert command. The GUI does not however use ebook-convert directly, so there is no actual command line to see.
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Old 04-26-2014, 10:11 PM   #5
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The resolved conversion options map directly to corresponding options for the ebook-convert command. The GUI does not however use ebook-convert directly, so there is no actual command line to see.

That's what I thought but thought I'd check for certain. Thanks for the info.
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