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

                                December 2007



 NAME
      a2ps - format files for printing on a PostScript printer

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

 DESCRIPTION
      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'.

    Tasks:
      --version
           display version

      --help
           display this help

      --guess
           report guessed types of FILES

      --which
           report the full path of library files named FILES

      --glob
           report the full path of library files matching FILES

      --list=defaults
           display default settings and parameters

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

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

    Global:
      -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

      --debug
           enable debugging features

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

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

      -r, --landscape
           print in landscape mode

      -R, --portrait
           print in portrait mode

      --columns=NUM
           number of columns per sheet

      --rows=NUM
           number of rows per sheet

      --major=DIRECTION
           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

      --margin[=NUM]
           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:
      --line-numbers=NUM
           precede each NUM lines with its line number



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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

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

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

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

      --center-title[=TEXT]
           set page title to TITLE

      --left-title[=TEXT]
           set left and right page title to TEXT

      --right-title[=TEXT]

      --left-footer[=TEXT]
           set sheet footers to TEXT

      --footer[=TEXT]

      --right-footer[=TEXT]

      The TEXTs may use special escapes.

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



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

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

      --end-of-line=TYPE
           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

      --stdin=NAME
           set the name of the input file stdin

      --print-anyway*
           force binary printing

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

      --toc[=TEXT]
           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.

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

      --highlight-level=LEVEL
           set pretty printing highlight LEVEL LEVEL can be none, normal or
           heavy

      -g   alias for --highlight-level=heavy

      --strip-level=NUM
           level of comments stripping

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




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      --version-control=WORD
           override the usual version control

      --suffix=SUFFIX
           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)

    PostScript:
      --prologue=FILE
           include FILE.pro as PostScript prologue

      --ppd[=KEY]
           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

      --statusdict=K[:[:]V]
           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 `sample.ps' and `sample.html' and display the
      result,

           $ a2ps -P display sample.ps sample.html

      To process a mailbox in 4 up,




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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
      http://www.gnu.org/software/a2ps/.

 AUTHOR
      Written by Akim Demaille, Miguel Santana.

 REPORTING BUGS
      Report bugs to <bug-a2ps@gnu.org>.

 COPYRIGHT
      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
      PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

 SEE ALSO
      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
      command

           info a2ps

      should give you access to the complete manual.



















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