For a reference manual, see Chapter 3 [Invoking a2ps], page 9. For the definition of some words, see Appendix A [Glossary], page Table of Contents. NAME. a2ps – format files for printing on a PostScript printer. SYNOPSIS. a2ps [OPTIONS] FILES a2ps [OPTIONS] DESCRIPTION. Permission is granted to copy and distribute modified versions of this manual under the conditions for verbatim copying, provided that the entire.

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Although all level 2 interpreters support page device, they do not have to support all page device options.

Compared to the previous versions, pack version 4. The following characters should also be quoted to produce good LaTeX files, but are accepted by PreScript: However, a2ps supports very many command-line options that modify this behavior. The output may be sent to the printer or to the standard output or mqnual into a file.

a2ps and enscript

There are two PostScript instructions you might want to use in your new PostScript prologue: Indeed pack just looks for some keywords, or some sequencesi.

The problem with this approach is that a lot more than just messages and time a2ls is affected: Since bold sequences, special characters etc. It defines the gray level used. Take the output of a2ps and convert manjal into your printer’s language by entering:. If you need to deal with several various fonts, then GNU enscript is exactly the tool you need.


The statusdict is a special storage entity in PostScript called a dictionnaryin which some variables and operators determine the behavior of the printer. This schema seems to us a good compromise.

General Purpose PostScript Generating Utility

Reformatting PostScript with psutils. There is a couple of things to know about the process. Permission is granted to make and distribute verbatim copies of this manual provided the copyright notice and this permission notice are preserved on all copies. Moreover, its size would have ten times what it is. To exit gsenter Ctrl – C. Page device is a PostScript level 2 feature that offers an uniform interface to control printer’s output device.

Escapes are immediately copied when found in a sequence.

From that version, Akim Demaille generalized the pretty-printing capabilities, implemented more languages support, and quite a lot other things. However, the lpr program is rather limited.

Using a2ps to Prepare a Text File for Printing. There are no man pages because now the documentation is written in Texinfo. For the particular case of the special symbols, note that you may have to protect the symbols which are prefixed by them. A new version was written in C by Miguel Santana for improve speed execution and portability. For instance, in mail-folder style, tag 1 is the title of the mail, and tag 2 its author.

The order in which you define the elements of a category but the sequences does not matter.


a2ps(1) – Linux man page

It uses two special features wrt non-English languages: This document was generated on 9 June using the texi2html translator version 1. Hence it needs two alphabets: In the above command, specify your own driver parameters under driverparameters as described in the previous section. It is for a2ls same reason that you can’t expect pack to highlight the function definitions in C. The output of a2ps can then be displayed under X with. Nevertheless, here are some tips on how to design your PostScript styles.

a2ps(1) – Linux man page

Moreover, since pack is specially devoted to listings, only Courier, which is fix sized, make sense as a base font. By looking at the name of the file and the first few bytes of its contents, a2ps can usually determine what kind of a file it is. There is no way in PreScript to get an automatic numbering.

Those three numbers are related to red, green and blue proportions used to designate a color. Description pack formats named files for printing in a PostScript printer; if no file is given, pack reads from the standard input. It can be a good candidate for generation of PostScript output syntactic pretty-printers, generation of various reports etc.