A2PS(1) FSF A2PS(1)

NAME a2ps - format files for printing on a PostScript printer


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


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