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I use a2ps at work and wish to use it at home, but my printer is not PostScript. How can I do?
Ghostscript might be the tool you need (see section A. Glossary). It
support conversion to many different non PostScript printers.
Here are some tips on how to use a non PostScript printer. If somebody feels like writing a more precise documentation, she really is welcome.
Please refer to the
Ghostscript documentation for a precise
description of the tuning you need.
Basically, the first step you need is to achieve to call
Ghostscript in a pipe chain. In other words, try to find out the
Ghostscript needs in order to print with a
command like this:
$ cat file.ps | gs more arguments
In general it is the same command as for calling
a filename, except that the file name to use is `-':
$ cat file.ps \ | gs -q -dNOPAUSE -sDEVICE=deskjet -sOutputFile=- - -c quit\ | lp -dprinter-name
Once it works, it is then easy to settle the right
in your configuration file (see section 4.5 Your Printers). For instance:
Printer: djet \ | gs -q -dNOPAUSE -sDEVICE=deskjet -sOutputFile=- - -c quit\ | lp -d djet
Christian Mondrup uses a2ps under Windows with a non PostScript printer. He uses:
DefaultPrinter: | //c/gstools/gs5.10/Gswin32c.exe \ -Ic:\gstools\gs5.10;c:\gstools\gs5.10\fonts \ -sDEVICE=ljet4 -sPAPERSIZE=a4 -dNOPAUSE -r300 -dSAFER \ -sOutputFile="\\spool\HP LaserJet 5L (PCL)" \ -q - -c quit
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