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 A2PS(1)                        GNU a2ps 4.14                        A2PS(1)
 FSF                                                                     FSF

                                December 2007

      a2ps - format files for printing on a PostScript printer

      a2ps [OPTION]... [FILE]...

      Convert FILE(s) or standard input to PostScript.  By default, the
      output is sent to the default printer.  An output file may be
      specified with -o.

      Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options
      too.  Long options marked with * require a yes/no argument,
      corresponding short options stand for `yes'.

           display version

           display this help

           report guessed types of FILES

           report the full path of library files named FILES

           report the full path of library files matching FILES

           display default settings and parameters

           detailed list on TOPIC (delegations, encodings, features,
           variables, media, ppd, printers, prologues, style-sheets, user-

      After having performed the task, exit successfully.  Detailed lists
      may provide additional help on specific features.

      -q, --quiet, --silent
           be really quiet

      -v, --verbose[=LEVEL]
           set verbosity on, or to LEVEL

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      -=, --user-option=OPTION
           use the user defined shortcut OPTION

           enable debugging features

      -D, --define=KEY[:VALUE]
           unset variable KEY or set to VALUE

      -M, --medium=NAME
           use output medium NAME

      -r, --landscape
           print in landscape mode

      -R, --portrait
           print in portrait mode

           number of columns per sheet

           number of rows per sheet

           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

           define an interior margin of size NUM

      The options -1.. -9 affect several primitive parameters to set up
      predefined layouts with 80 columns.  Therefore the order matters: `-R
      -f40 -2' is equivalent to `-2'.  To modify the layout, use `-2Rf40',
      or compose primitive options (`--columns', `--font-size' etc.).

    Virtual pages:
           precede each NUM lines with its line number

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 A2PS(1)                        GNU a2ps 4.14                        A2PS(1)
 FSF                                                                     FSF

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      -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

      -B, --no-header
           no page headers at all

      -b, --header[=TEXT]
           set page header

      -u, --underlay[=TEXT]
           print TEXT under every page

           set page title to TITLE

           set left and right page title to TEXT


           set sheet footers to TEXT



      The TEXTs may use special escapes.

      -a, --pages[=RANGE]
           select the pages to print

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 A2PS(1)                        GNU a2ps 4.14                        A2PS(1)
 FSF                                                                     FSF

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      -c, --truncate-lines*
           cut long lines

      -i, --interpret*
           interpret tab, bs and ff chars

           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

           set the name of the input file stdin

           force binary printing

      -Z, --delegate*
           delegate files to another application

           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.

      -E, --pretty-print[=LANG]
           enable pretty-printing (set style to LANG)

           set pretty printing highlight LEVEL LEVEL can be none, normal or

      -g   alias for --highlight-level=heavy

           level of comments stripping

      -o, --output=FILE
           leave output to file FILE.  If FILE is `-', leave output to

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 A2PS(1)                        GNU a2ps 4.14                        A2PS(1)
 FSF                                                                     FSF

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           override the usual version control

           override the usual backup suffix

      -P, --printer=NAME
           send output to printer NAME

      -d   send output to the default printer (this is the default behavior)

           include as PostScript prologue

           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', `tumble')

      -S, --setpagedevice=K[:V]
           pass a page device definition to output

           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 `' and `sample.html' and display the

           $ a2ps -P display sample.html

      To process a mailbox in 4 up,

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 A2PS(1)                        GNU a2ps 4.14                        A2PS(1)
 FSF                                                                     FSF

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           $ 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

      Written by Akim Demaille, Miguel Santana.

      Report bugs to <>.

      Copyright c 1988-1993 Miguel Santana
      Copyright c 1995-2000 Akim Demaille, Miguel Santana
      Copyright c 2007- Akim Demaille, Miguel Santana and Masayuki Hatta
      This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.  There
      is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A

      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

           info a2ps

      should give you access to the complete manual.

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