NAME foomatic-compiledb - Compile the Foomatic printer/driver database

SYNOPSIS foomatic-compiledb [ -t type ] [ -f ] [ -j n ] [ driver ... ]

DESCRIPTION foomatic-compiledb generates all PPD files or Foomatic combo XML files for all possible printer/driver combos, or only for a selected range of drivers. It generally should not be necessary except for people who want to generate a set of Foomatic data files for distribution. For configuring single printers foomatic-ppdfile(1) and especially foomatic-configure(1) will automagically compute just what they need.

Options -t type Output file type, either ppd or xml.

-f Force: Write into the destination directory even if it already exists.

-j n n = number of work processes to run

driver ... only generate data files for these driver(s)

SEE ALSO foomatic-ppdfile(1),foomatic-configure(1)

EXIT STATUS foomatic-compiledb returns 0 unless something unexpected happens.

AUTHORS Manfred Wassmann <> and Till Kamppeter <> for the foomatic project using output from the associated binary.

BUGS Existing files are always conserved instead of older files being over- written. So deleting the destination directory (rm -rf dir) and calling foomatic-compiledb without the -f option is recommended.

Please send bug reports to

Foomatic Project 2001-05-07 FOOMATIC-COMPILEDB(1)