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Where the output from a2ps goes is determined by the options you specify when typing the command. This document illustrates the basic uses of the a2ps. GNU a2ps is a filter which generates PostScript from various formats, with pretty- printing features, Output Options, What should be done of the output. See the output of `a2ps –list=media’ for the list of supported media. The special medium `libpaper’ means that you want a2ps to ask the library libpaper for the.

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Printing with a2ps

Newer Post Older Post Home. Sometimes you want to override that behavior in order to preview the output.

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Take the output of a2ps and convert it into your printer’s language by entering:.

North America uses a different standard, and a a2pz paper size is called Letter – 8. 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. This program is a great find for me.

Working with a2ps

On a new sheet pack first draws the water mark, then the content of the first page, then the frame of the first page, ditto with the othersand finally the sheet header and footers. Specify the number of lines per page where num is a number greater than Wednesday, January 22, Print text files with multiples pages per sheet.


Empty cells in the layout are not filled. Description pack formats named files for printing in a PostScript printer; if no file is given, pack reads from the standard input.

For example, -2 is equivalent to 1 row and 2 columns.

General Purpose PostScript Generating Utility

This post focuses on how to call a2ps to print multiple pages per sheet. As rootyou can send the output of Ghostscript directly to the printer without relying on a spooler or any further filtering with the command. Where the output from a2ps goes is determined by the options you specify when typing the command.

Refer to the documentation oytput your printer for supported options.

a2ps, version 4.7.20

Their main use is to avoid a sequence from being terminated too soon, e. For the particular case of the special symbols, note that you may have to protect the symbols which are prefixed by them.

The following table lists several useful options for a2ps. Hence, if one specifies that arguments of those functions should be ignored in the preamble of the LaTeX document, the numbering is emulated. There is no space between the option, -l, and the number of lines.

And last but not least, using a parser requires that the sources are syntactic bug free, which is a strong requirement. Three fonts are used: In Unix the a2ps command reads a2sp text or ascii file, generates postscript from it, and sends it to outpjt postscript printer, a file, or into another Unix command.


There is no equivalent to the LaTeX environment enumerate. The basic a2pw of the a2ps command is: 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.

A valid example of the -P option would be -P copyctr for the copy center.

This document deals only with a few particularly useful ones; for a full list, type. Working with Ghostscript 6. What is not allowed is to try to prevent others from further sharing any version of these programs that they might ouyput from you.

This order must be taken into account for some meta sequences e. Valid shortcuts are -1 to Calling pack is fairly simple: To install a2ps and gv aka ghostview, which a2ps uses to preview output files: Syntactic limits pack is not a powerful syntactic pretty-printer: Two things are to retain from this: