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General Purpose PostScript Generating Utility

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3.1.2 Global Options

These options are related to the interface between you and a2ps.

Option: -q
Option: --quiet
Option: --silent
be really quiet

Option: -v[level]
Option: --verbose[=level]
tell what we are doing. At There is also an interface made for the maintainer with finer grained selection of the verbosity level. level is a list of tokens (non ambiguous abbreviations are valid) separated by either `,' or `+'. The tokens may be:
`configuration'
`options'
reading the configurations files and the options,

`encodings'
the encodings,

`expert'
more detailed information is provided: PPD listings is exhaustive,

`files'
inputs and outputs,

`fonts'
the fonts,

`escapes'
`variables'
`meta-sequences'
the expansion of escapes and variables,

`parsers'
any parsing process (style sheets, PPD files etc.),

`pathwalk'
`pw'
the search for files,

`ppd'
PPD processing,

`sheets'
the style sheets,

`stats'
statistics on some internal data structures,

`tools'
launched programs or shell commands ; triggers the escape `?V' on (see section 3.2.3 Available Escapes),

`all'
all the messages.

When a2ps is launched it consults the environment variable A2PS_VERBOSITY. If it is set, this defines the verbosity level for the whole session (options `--verbose', and `-q' etc. have then no influence). The valid values for A2PS_VERBOSITY are exactly the valid arguments of the option `--verbose'. This helps tracking down configuration problems that occur before a2ps had even a chance to read the command line.

Option: -=shortcut
Option: --user-option=shortcut
use the shortcut defined by the user. See section 4.6 Your Shortcuts. Shortcuts may be freely mixed with regular options and arguments.

There are a few predefined user-options:

`lp'
emulates a line printer, i.e., turn off most `pretty' features.

`mail'
`longmail'
preferred options to print a mail or a news. `longmail' prints more text on a single sheet.

`manual'
make the job be printed on the manually fed tray.

Option: --debug
enable debugging features. They are:

Option: -D key[=value]
Option: --define=key[=value]
Without value, unset the variable key. Otherwise, set it to value. See section 4.9 Your Variables, for more details. Note that `-Dfoo=' gives foo an empty value, though `-Dfoo' unsets foo.


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