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General Purpose PostScript Generating Utility

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9.5.1 Invoking psmandup

psmandup [options] [file]

produce a manual duplex version of the PostScript file (or of the standard input if no file is given, or if file is `-'). Once the first half is printed, put the sheet stack in the manual feed tray for the second half(5).

Be aware that there is a time out for manually fed jobs, usually short, hence do not miss the moment when the printer asks for the stack. If ever you missed that moment, see option `--back' to recover the second half.

Supported options are:

Option: -h
Option: --help
print a short help message and exit successfully.

Option: -V
Option: --version
report the version and exit successfully.

Option: -q
Option: --quiet
Option: --silent
Run silently.

Option: -D
Option: --debug
enter in debug mode.

Option: -o file
Option: --output=file
specify the file in which is saved the output.

Option: -n
Option: --no-fix
psmandup will fail on ill designed PostScript (well, actually the psutils will). To avoid this, by default the PostScript file is sanitized by fixps.

When given this option, don't run fixps. This is meant to be used when fixps has already been used higher in the processing chain.

Option: -f
Option: --front
Output only the front pages, with no special PostScript feature request.

Option: -b
Option: --back
Output only the back pages, with a manual feed request.

This option is especially useful when the manual feed time out expired before you could insert back the stack in the manual feed tray.

psmandup assumes the printer is Level 2, and supports manual feeding. The file should be reasonably sane, otherwise psmandup fails miserably.

Typical use is
psmandup file.ps | lp

or can be put into a2ps' printer commands (see section 4.5 Your Printers).

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