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A2PS(1)				      FSF			       A2PS(1)

NAME
       a2ps - format files for printing	on a PostScript	printer

SYNOPSIS
       a2ps [OPTION]...	[FILE]...

DESCRIPTION
       Convert FILE(s) or standard input to PostScript.

       Mandatory  arguments  to	 long  options are mandatory for short options
       too.  Long options marked with *	require	a yes/no argument, correspond-
       ing short options stand for `yes'.

   Tasks:
       --version
	      display version

       --help display this help

       --guess
	      report guessed types of FILES

       --which
	      report the full path of library files named FILES

       --glob report the full path of library files matching FILES

       --list=defaults
	      display default settings and parameters

       --list=TOPIC
	      detailed	list on	TOPIC (delegations, encodings, features, vari-
	      ables, media, ppd, printers, prologues,  style-sheets,  user-op-
	      tions)

       After having performed the task,	exit successfully.  Detailed lists may
       provide additional help on specific features.

   Global:
       -q, --quiet, --silent
	      be really	quiet

       -v, --verbose[=LEVEL]
	      set verbosity on,	or to LEVEL

       -=, --user-option=OPTION
	      use the user defined shortcut OPTION

       --debug
	      enable debugging features

       -D, --define=KEY[:VALUE]
	      unset variable KEY or set	to VALUE

   Sheets:
       -M, --medium=NAME
	      use output medium	NAME

       -r, --landscape
	      print in landscape mode

       -R, --portrait
	      print in portrait	mode

       --columns=NUM
	      number of	columns	per sheet

       --rows=NUM
	      number of	rows per sheet

       --major=DIRECTION
	      first fill (DIRECTION=) rows, or columns

       -1, -2, ..., -9
	      predefined font sizes and	layouts	for 1..	9 virtuals

       -A, --file-align=MODE
	      align separate files according to	MODE (fill, rank page,	sheet,
	      or a number)

       -j, --borders*
	      print borders around columns

       --margin[=NUM]
	      define an	interior margin	of size	NUM

       The  options -1.. -9 affect several primitive parameters	to set up pre-
       defined layouts with 80 columns.	 Therefore the order matters: `-R -f40
       -2' is equivalent to `-2'.  To modify the layout, use `-2Rf40', or com-
       pose primitive options (`--columns', `--font-size' etc.).

   Virtual pages:
       --line-numbers=NUM
	      precede each NUM lines with its line number

       -C     alias for	--line-numbers=5

       -f, --font-size=SIZE
	      use font SIZE (float) for	the body text

       -L, --lines-per-page=NUM
	      scale the	font to	print NUM lines	per virtual

       -l, --chars-per-line=NUM
	      scale the	font to	print NUM columns per virtual

       -m, --catman
	      process FILE as a	man page (same as -L66)

       -T, --tabsize=NUM
	      set tabulator size to NUM

       --non-printable-format=FMT specify how non-printable chars are printed

   Headings:
       -B, --no-header
	      no page headers at all

       -b, --header[=TEXT]
	      set page header

       -u, --underlay[=TEXT]
	      print TEXT under every page

       --center-title[=TEXT]
	      set page title to	TITLE

       --left-title[=TEXT]
	      set left and right page title to TEXT

       --right-title[=TEXT]

       --left-footer[=TEXT]
	      set sheet	footers	to TEXT

       --footer[=TEXT]

       --right-footer[=TEXT]

       The TEXTs may use special escapes.

   Input:
       -a, --pages[=RANGE]
	      select the pages to print

       -c, --truncate-lines*
	      cut long lines

       -i, --interpret*
	      interpret	tab, bs	and ff chars

       --end-of-line=TYPE
	      specify the eol char (TYPE: r, n,	nr, rn,	any)

       -X, --encoding=NAME
	      use input	encoding NAME

       -t, --title=NAME
	      set the name of the job

       --stdin=NAME
	      set the name of the input	file stdin

       --print-anyway*
	      force binary printing

       -Z, --delegate*
	      delegate files to	another	application

       --toc[=TEXT]
	      generate a table of content

       When delegations	are enabled, a2ps may use other	applications to	handle
       the  processing of files	that should not	be printed as raw information,
       e.g., HTML PostScript, PDF etc.

   Pretty-printing:
       -E, --pretty-print[=LANG]
	      enable pretty-printing (set style	to LANG)

       --highlight-level=LEVEL
	      set pretty printing highlight LEVEL LEVEL	can be none, normal or
	      heavy

       -g     alias for	--highlight-level=heavy

       --strip-level=NUM
	      level of comments	stripping

   Output:
       -o, --output=FILE
	      leave output to file FILE.  If FILE is `-', leave	output to std-
	      out.

       --version-control=WORD
	      override the usual version control

       --suffix=SUFFIX
	      override the usual backup	suffix

       -P, --printer=NAME
	      send output to printer NAME

       -d     send output to the default printer

   PostScript:
       --prologue=FILE
	      include FILE.pro as PostScript prologue

       --ppd[=KEY]
	      automatic	PPD selection or set to	KEY

       -n, --copies=NUM
	      print NUM	copies of each page

       -s, --sides=MODE
	      set the duplex MODE (`1' or `simplex', `2'  or  `duplex',	 `tum-
	      ble')

       -S, --setpagedevice=K[:V]
	      pass a page device definition to output

       --statusdict=K[:[:]V]
	      pass a statusdict	definition to the output

       -k, --page-prefeed
	      enable page prefeed

       -K, --no-page-prefeed
	      disable page prefeed

       By  default  a2ps  is  tuned  to	 do what you want to, so trust it.  To
       pretty print the	content	of the `src' directory and a table of content,
       and send	the result to the printer `lw',

	      $	a2ps -P	lw --toc src/*

       To  process the files `sample.ps' and `sample.html' and display the re-
       sult,

	      $	a2ps -P	display	sample.ps sample.html

       To process a mailbox in 4 up,

	      $	a2ps -=mail -4 mailbox

       To print	as a booklet on	the default printer, which is Duplex capable,

	      $	a2ps -=book paper.dvi.gz -d

       News,  updates  and  documentation:  visit  http://www.inf.enst.fr/~de-
       maille/a2ps/.

AUTHOR
       Written by Akim Demaille, Miguel	Santana.

REPORTING BUGS
       Report bugs to <bug-a2ps@gnu.org>.

COPYRIGHT
       Copyright (C) 1988-1993 Miguel Santana
       Copyright (C) 1995-2000 Akim Demaille, Miguel Santana
       This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.  There is
       NO warranty; not	even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR	 A  PARTICULAR
       PURPOSE.

SEE ALSO
       a2ps(1),	card(1), fixps(1), pdiff(1), psset(1), texi2dvi4a2ps(1).

       The  full documentation for a2ps	is maintained as a Texinfo manual.  If
       the info	and a2ps programs are properly installed  at  your  site,  the
       command

	      info a2ps

       should give you access to the complete manual.

GNU a2ps 4.13			 February 2000			       A2PS(1)

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