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ENSCRIPT

Section: User Commands (1)
Updated: 18 August 1992
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NAME

enscript---convert text files to POSTSCRIPT language format for printing  

SYNOPSIS

enscript [ -1BcGghlmoqRr2 ] [ -vcolumns ] [ -Llines ] [ -fbfont ] [ -Fhfont ] [ -bheader ] [ -pout ]
[ -ssize ] [ -Sfeature=value ] [ -Tcharacters ] [ spoolopts ] [ files ]  

DESCRIPTION

enscript reads in plain text files, converts them to POSTSCRIPT language, and spools them for printing on a POSTSCRIPT printer. Fonts, headings, limited formatting options, and spooling options may be specified.

For example:

enscript -Paleph boring.txt
prints a copy of the file called boring.txt on the printer called aleph.
enscript -2r boring.c
prints a two-up landscape listing of the file called boring.c on the default printer (see below).

Font specifications have two parts: a font name as known to the POSTSCRIPT printer (e.g., Times-Roman, Times-BoldItalic, Helvetica, Courier), and a point size (1 point=1/72 inch; 8 point is a good small point size). So Courier-Bold8 is 8 point Courier Bold, Helvetica12 is 12 point Helvetica.

The environment variable ENSCRIPT may be used to specify defaults. The value of ENSCRIPT is parsed as a string of arguments before the arguments that appear on the command line. For example "ENSCRIPT='-fTimes-Roman8'" sets the default body font to 8 point Times Roman.

The possible options are:

-1
sets in 1 column. One column is the default.
-2
sets in 2 columns.
-vcolumns
output is set in columns number of columns. This is an extension of the -2 switch.
-r
rotates the output 90 degrees (landscape mode). This is good for output that requires a wide page or for program listings when used in conjunction with -2.
" enscript -2r files " is a nice way to get program listings.
-R
don't rotate, also known as portrait mode (the default).
-G
prints in gaudy mode: causes page headings, dates, and page numbers to be printed in a flashy style, at some slight performance expense.
-l
simulates a line printer: make pages 66 lines long and omit headers.
-B
omits page headings.
-c
truncates ("cuts") lines that are longer than the page width. Normally, long lines are wrapped around to the following line on the page.
-bheader
sets the string to be used for page headings to header. The default header is constructed from the file name, its last modification date, and a page number. You can include elements from the default header in your header by specifying %f for file name, %d for date, or %n for page number. If you need a '%' character in the header, it must be specified by "%%".
-Llines
set the maximum number of lines to output on a page. Enscript usually computes how many lines to put on a page based on point size, and may put fewer lines per page than requested by lines.
-fbfont
sets the font to be used for the body of each page. The default is Courier10 unless two-column rotated mode is used, in which case the default is Courier7.
-Fhfont
sets the font to be used for page headings. The default is Courier-Bold10.
-pout
causes the POSTSCRIPT file to be written to the named file rather than being spooled for printing. As a special case, -p will send the resultingPOSTSCRIPT language code to the standard output.
-g
causes the fact that a file is garbage to be ignored. Normally, any file with more than a small number of nonprinting characters is suspected of being garbage and not printed; this option means "print it anyway."
-o
if enscript cannot find characters in a font, the missing characters are listed.
-q
causes enscript to be quiet about what it is doing. Enscript won't report about pages, destination, omitted characters, etc. Fatal errors are still reported to the standard error output.
-h
suppresses printing of the job burst page.
-ssize
chooses a paper size for printing. This size must match one of the *PaperSize keywords in the POSTSCRIPT Printer Description file, such as Letter, Legal, or A4.
-Sfeature=value
chooses a printer feature, such as manual feed or duplex. If value is omitted, a value of true is assumed. These features must match a keyword in the POSTSCRIPT Printer Description file. For example, "enscript -S ManualFeed" turns on manual feed.
-Tcharacters
sets the width of a tab to be characters
 number of characters.  This is especially useful to get columns to line up correctly when printing with a variable width font.

In BSD Unix systems, the following spooler options are also recognized:

-Pprinter
causes the output to be sent to the named printer unless -pfile is specified. In that case, the printer name is used to access the printer's POSTSCRIPT Printer Description file for information, and the output is written to the specified file instead of being spooled for printing.
-#n
causes n copies of the output to be produced. The default is one.
-m
causes the printer daemon to send mail upon job completion.
-Jname
sets the job name for use on the burst page. Otherwise, the name of the first input file will be used.
-Cclass
set the job classification for use on the burst page.

In System V Unix systems, the following spooler options are also recognized:

-ttitle
sets job title for use on the burst page.
-ddest
causes the output to be sent to the named printer or printer class unless -pfile is specified. In that case, the printer name is used to access the printer's POSTSCRIPT Printer Description file for information, and the output is written to the specified file instead of being spooled for printing.
-nn
causes n copies of the output to be produced. The default is one.
-w or -m
causes the printer daemon to write or send mail upon job completion.
 

ENVIRONMENT

ENSCRIPT
string of options to be used by enscript
PSLIBDIR
path name of a directory to use instead of XPSLIBDIRX for enscript prologue and font metric files
PSTEMPDIR
path name of a temporary directory to use instead of XPSTEMPDIRX for temporary files.
PRINTER (BSD)
the name of a printer (as in the -P option) for lpr to use. If no -P option is specified, lpr will use this printer. If neither -P nor PRINTER is set, enscript will spool to a printer named "PostScript".
LPDEST (System V)
the name of a printer (as in the -d option) for lp to use. If no -d option is specified, lp will use this printer. If neither -d nor LPDEST is set, enscript will spool to a printer class named "PostScript".
 

FILES

XPSLIBDIRX/*.afm
font metrics files
XPSLIBDIRX/enscript.pro
prologue for enscript
 files
 

SEE ALSO

pr(1), transcript(1), psfonts(1), ps630(1)
BSD Unix systems: lpr(1), lpq(1), lprm(1)
System V Unix systems: lp(1), cancel(1), lpstat(1)  

AUTHOR

Adobe Systems Incorporated
Gaudy mode by Guy Riddle of AT&T Bell Laboratories  

BUGS

Enscript generates temporary files which are spooled for printing. The temporary file names are used by the spooling software (e.g., lpq ), rather than the symbolic job name passed to lpr .

There are too many options.  

NOTES

POSTSCRIPT is a registered trademark of Adobe Systems Incorporated.
Times and Helvetica are registered trademarks of Linotype.
Unix is a trademark of AT&T Bell Laboratories.


 

Index

NAME
SYNOPSIS
DESCRIPTION
ENVIRONMENT
FILES
SEE ALSO
AUTHOR
BUGS
NOTES

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