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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General Purpose PostScript Generating Utility

If you need to deal with several various fonts, then GNU enscript is exactly the tool you need. Moreover, since pack is specially devoted to listings, only Courier, which is fix sized, make sense as a base font.

I wrote myself a Python program called txt2pdf; you may find it here. 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.

Read the man page if you want to print double-sided, or you want to number each line in the output.

creating pdfs with a2ps

There are many reasons why you may want to convert a text file printt postscript. It uses two special features wrt non-English languages: However, display is a special name to redirect output to ghostview. On failure, plain style is used. But we need in urgency small pieces of information: When automatic pretty-printing is enabled, first pack calls file to see whether the language is recognizable.


creating pdfs with a2ps

There are two PostScript instructions you might want to use in your new PostScript prologue: A closing marker may require to end on end-of-line. Sequences are string is a string between two markers. A2pd the particular case of the special symbols, note that you may have to protect the symbols which are prefixed by them.

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. Currently I don’t know how to do that, but ogonkiky may be of valuable help. Permission is granted to copy and distribute translations of this manual into another language, under the above conditions for modified versions, except that this permission notice may be stated in a translation approved by the Foundation.

The statusdict is a special storage entity in PostScript called a dictionnaryin which some variables and operators determine the behavior of the printer. And you must tell them their rights. You may redirect the output to a PostScript file or directly to ghostview. To print the emacs config file in the above format, any of the following will do: 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.


Sign pritn using Email and Password. Sometimes you want to override that behavior in orint to preview the output.

When pretty-printing, syntax errors should be underlined. There is no space between the option, -l, and the number of lines.

This is very useful for making archive listings of programs. Sign up or log in Sign up using Google.

If you encoded new encodings support, please contact us. If the width is negative, the value will be printed left-justified.

a2ps, version 4.7.20

There a2os no man pages because now the documentation is written in Texinfo. See section Meta sequences for details. Moreover, its size would have ten times what it is. Printing using the a2ps command.

The problem with this approach is that a lot prunt than just messages and time information is affected: The a2ps and enscript commands are both intended to write PostScript files which is the meaning of the ‘ps’ letters in a2ps.