a2ps



A2PS(1)                               FSF                              A2PS(1)




NAME

       a2ps - format files for printing on a PostScript printer


SYNOPSIS

       a2ps [OPTION]... [FILE]...


DESCRIPTION

       Convert FILE(s) or standard input to PostScript.

       Mandatory  arguments  to  long  options are mandatory for short options
       too.  Long options marked with * require a yes/no argument, correspond-
       ing short options stand for ‘yes’.

   Tasks:
       --version
              display version

       --help display this help

       --guess
              report guessed types of FILES

       --which
              report the full path of library files named FILES

       --glob report the full path of library files matching FILES

       --list=defaults
              display default settings and parameters

       --list=TOPIC
              detailed  list on TOPIC (delegations, encodings, features, vari-
              ables, media,  ppd,  printers,  prologues,  style-sheets,  user-
              options)

       After having performed the task, exit successfully.  Detailed lists may
       provide additional help on specific features.

   Global:
       -q, --quiet, --silent
              be really quiet

       -v, --verbose[=LEVEL]
              set verbosity on, or to LEVEL

       -=, --user-option=OPTION
              use the user defined shortcut OPTION

       --debug
              enable debugging features

       -D, --define=KEY[:VALUE]
              unset variable KEY or set to VALUE

   Sheets:
       -M, --medium=NAME
              use output medium NAME

              The default behaviour is to use the locale category LC_PAPER  to
              determine  the  medium  to  use.   Note that this information is
              obtained from environment variables which may not be set  up  in
              non-interactive environments (such as in a cron job).

       -r, --landscape
              print in landscape mode

       -R, --portrait
              print in portrait mode

       --columns=NUM
              number of columns per sheet

       --rows=NUM
              number of rows per sheet

       --major=DIRECTION
              first fill (DIRECTION=) rows, or columns

       -1, -2, ..., -9
              predefined font sizes and layouts for 1.. 9 virtuals

       -A, --file-align=MODE
              align  separate files according to MODE (fill, rank page, sheet,
              or a number)

       -j, --borders*
              print borders around columns

       --margin[=NUM]
              define an interior margin of size NUM

       The options -1.. -9 affect several primitive parameters to set up  pre-
       defined layouts with 80 columns.  Therefore the order matters: ‘-R -f40
       -2’ is equivalent to ‘-2’.  To modify the layout, use ‘-2Rf40’, or com-
       pose primitive options (‘--columns’, ‘--font-size’ etc.).

   Virtual pages:
       --line-numbers=NUM
              precede each NUM lines with its line number

       -C     alias for --line-numbers=5

       -f, --font-size=SIZE
              use font SIZE (float) for the body text

       -L, --lines-per-page=NUM
              scale the font to print NUM lines per virtual

       -l, --chars-per-line=NUM
              scale the font to print NUM columns per virtual

       -m, --catman
              process FILE as a man page (same as -L66)

       -T, --tabsize=NUM
              set tabulator size to NUM

       --non-printable-format=FMT specify how non-printable chars are printed

   Headings:
       -B, --no-header
              no page headers at all

       -b, --header[=TEXT]
              set page header

       -u, --underlay[=TEXT]
              print TEXT under every page

       --center-title[=TEXT]
              set page title to TITLE

       --left-title[=TEXT]
              set left and right page title to TEXT

       --right-title[=TEXT]

       --left-footer[=TEXT]
              set sheet footers to TEXT

       --footer[=TEXT]

       --right-footer[=TEXT]

       The TEXTs may use special escapes.

   Input:
       -a, --pages[=RANGE]
              select the pages to print

       -c, --truncate-lines*
              cut long lines

       -i, --interpret*
              interpret tab, bs and ff chars

       --end-of-line=TYPE
              specify the eol char (TYPE: r, n, nr, rn, any)

       -X, --encoding=NAME
              use input encoding NAME

       -t, --title=NAME
              set the name of the job

       --stdin=NAME
              set the name of the input file stdin

       --print-anyway*
              force binary printing

       -Z, --delegate*
              delegate files to another application

       --toc[=TEXT]
              generate a table of content

       When delegations are enabled, a2ps may use other applications to handle
       the processing of files that should not be printed as raw  information,
       e.g., HTML PostScript, PDF etc.

   Pretty-printing:
       -E, --pretty-print[=LANG]
              enable pretty-printing (set style to LANG)

       --highlight-level=LEVEL
              set pretty printing highlight LEVEL LEVEL can be none, normal or
              heavy

       -g     alias for --highlight-level=heavy

       --strip-level=NUM
              level of comments stripping

   Output:
       -o, --output=FILE
              leave output to file FILE.  If FILE is ‘-’, leave output to std-
              out.

       --version-control=WORD
              override the usual version control

       --suffix=SUFFIX
              override the usual backup suffix

       -P, --printer=NAME
              send output to printer NAME

       -d     send output to the default printer

   PostScript:
       --prologue=FILE
              include FILE.pro as PostScript prologue

       --ppd[=KEY]
              automatic PPD selection or set to KEY

       -n, --copies=NUM
              print NUM copies of each page

       -s, --sides=MODE
              set  the  duplex  MODE (‘1’ or ‘simplex’, ‘2’ or ‘duplex’, ‘tum-
              ble’)

       -S, --setpagedevice=K[:V]
              pass a page device definition to output

       --statusdict=K[:[:]V]
              pass a statusdict definition to the output

       -k, --page-prefeed
              enable page prefeed

       -K, --no-page-prefeed
              disable page prefeed

       By default a2ps is tuned to do what you  want  to,  so  trust  it.   To
       pretty print the content of the ‘src’ directory and a table of content,
       and send the result to the printer ‘lw’,

              $ a2ps -P lw --toc src/*

       To process the files ‘sample.ps’  and  ‘sample.html’  and  display  the
       result,

              $ a2ps -P display sample.ps sample.html

       To process a mailbox in 4 up,

              $ a2ps -=mail -4 mailbox

       To print as a booklet on the default printer, which is Duplex capable,

              $ a2ps -=book paper.dvi.gz -d

       News,          updates         and         documentation:         visit
       http://www.inf.enst.fr/~demaille/a2ps/.


AUTHOR

       Written by Akim Demaille, Miguel Santana.


REPORTING BUGS

       Report bugs to <bug-a2ps@gnu.org>.


COPYRIGHT

       Copyright © 1988-1993 Miguel Santana
       Copyright © 1995-2000 Akim Demaille, Miguel Santana
       This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.  There is
       NO  warranty;  not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR
       PURPOSE.


SEE ALSO

       a2ps(1), card(1), fixps(1), pdiff(1), psset(1), texi2dvi4a2ps(1).

       The full documentation for a2ps is maintained as a Texinfo manual.   If
       the  info  and  a2ps  programs are properly installed at your site, the
       command

              info a2ps

       should give you access to the complete manual.



GNU a2ps 4.13                    February 2000                         A2PS(1)

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