an introduction to the use of the a2ps print filter, for users of the Mathematics Local-Area Network at Grinnell College. @macro pack a2ps. @dircategory Printing utilities @direntry * a2ps:: ASCII to PostScript converter * PreScript: (a2ps) PreScript Input language. By default a2ps tries to put 2 pages on each sheet, this works best side-by-side and landscape, even if you rotate the page a2ps still tries to.

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Currently pack support the following meta sequences: This program is a great find for me. The main feature of pack is its ;rint capabilities. Here after bool stands for boolean.

Newer Post Older Post Home. Prrint had been using lpr to print text files from the command line, but the font was too big which made the hardcopy look terrible. Thomas Baruchel 4, 2 16 Read the man page if you want to print double-sided, or you want to number each line in the output. Fourth, we did not feel the need for such a powerful tool: In the order, they are: If the style is case insensitive, the case does not matter for the keyword, symbol and sequence recognition.

The -l option in the print command explicitly tells the printer to interpret the input as postscript, and not to print out the postscript as text some postscript printers accept text directly. To make sure that everyone has such rights, we have to forbid you to deprive anyone else of these rights. For example you may want to put a postscript file on a web page, or print the document to a postscript printer, with specific postscript formatting commands.


One common way to run a2ps is from a shell in a terminal emulator. Three fonts are used: By default, each file begins printing on a new sheet “file alignment”. There are two PostScript instructions you might want to use in your new PostScript prologue: Specify the number of lines per page where num is a number greater than Verbatims are immediately copied wherever met.

When printing a2pe human file only English may be supportedspelling should ;rint checked. To achieve these subtler effects, we need a print filter — a program that applies a transformation to the print job and sends the result to the printer through lpralthough the actual invocation of lpr is usually invisible.

Permission is granted to copy and distribute translations of this manual into another language, under the above conditions for modified versions, except that pdint permission notice may be stated in a translation approved by the Foundation. A new version was written in C by Miguel Santana for improve speed execution and portability. Look for the Options: It was very slow and contained many bugs.

creating pdfs with a2ps

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. For example, given 2 input files – 1. It would be great if pack could easily print files written in ISO Latin 2. In the following is described how the style sheets are defined.

Prinnt following table lists several useful options for a2ps.

This order must be printt into account for some meta sequences e. Post as a guest Name. Slightly longer answer By default a2ps tries to put 2 pages on each sheet, this works best side-by-side and landscape, even if you rotate the page a2ps still tries to insert 2 pages.


Printing with a2ps

Escapes are immediately copied when found in a sequence. For example, -2 is equivalent to 1 row and 2 columns. This document describes pack version 4. Stack Overflow works best with JavaScript enabled.

University of Manitoba – Information Services and Technology – Printing using the a2ps command

All these options support text as an argument, which is composed of plain strings and meta sequences. Page device is a PostScript level 2 prinr that offers an uniform interface to control printer’s output device. Some people helped to the translation: If the command uses an argument, it is given between curly braces with no spaces between the command name and the argument.

Multiple files a2ps also supports multiple input files. There is a general mechanism to avoid special sequences from being interpreted: The output may be sent to the printer or to the standard output or saved into a file. Post Your Answer Discard By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

The precise conditions of the licenses for the programs currently being distributed that relate prnit pack are found in the General Public Licenses that accompany them. I wrote myself a Python program called txt2pdf; you may find it here.