NAME foomatic-ppdfile - Generate a PPD file for a given printer/driver combo

SYNOPSIS foomatic-ppdfile [-w] [-d <driver>] -p <printerid> foomatic-ppdfile [-A] [-P pattern] foomatic-ppdfile -h

DESCRIPTION The first form of the foomatic-ppdfile to compute the spooler-indepen- dent Foomatic PPD file for any valid printer/driver combo available in the Foomatic database, both for printing with foomatic-rip(1) and for applications/clients being able to access the printer s options. The PPD file is returned on standard ouput. If the driver is not speci- fied, the default driver is used.

The second form of the foomatic-ppdfile program will search the printer database and return either all printer entries or those whose name and/or model information match a regular expression.

The last form prints a help message and exits.

Options -d drivername The (optional) driver name to use. If the driver name is not sup- plied, the default or first driver in the printers compatible driver list is used.

-p printer id The printer id.

-w Return a PPD file that conforms to the Microsoft Windows format limitations.

-A Return all printer entries in the database.

-Ppattern Return all printer entries in the database which match the regular expression.

SEE ALSO foomatic-rip(1)

EXIT STATUS foomatic-ppdfile returns 0 on success, 1 otherwise.

AUTHOR Manfred Wassmann <> for the foomatic project using output from the associated binary.

Modified and updated by Patrick Powell <papowell at>.

BUGS None so far.

Please send bug reports to

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