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Date:      Tue, 22 Oct 1996 18:48:10 -0500 (CDT)
From:      David Kelly <>
To:        freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG
Cc:        Brandon Gillespie <>
Subject:   Re: Text->Postscript filter
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On 23:07:27 Nadav Eiron wrote:
>On Tue, 22 Oct 1996, Brandon Gillespie wrote:
>> In the LPD docs it refers to a text->postscript filter in the ports that
>> does not exist.  Any suggestions on what program to use for this?  All I
>> want is something to convert ascii text to postscript so it will print.  I
>> know of a program called 'psf' but I am at loss as to where it is.
>There is something called a2ps in the ports/packages collection. I like 
>it alot. It can do landscape/portrait, 2-up, etc.

Hmmm, Brandon saw the "lprps" package mentioned in the Handbook?
I too went looking for it a couple of weeks ago. Finally found it
with Alta Vista. Was disappointed (only a little) with the text
to PS conversion in lprps but happy with the other things like
page reordering and an exact example of /etc/printcap.

So I used the structure outlined in lprps but put a2ps in as the
actual ascii-to-postscript converter. Then my users complained,
"it doesn't look like the output we get from the other printer"
(an original HP LaserJet, one font, Courier 12). Arrrgh. Found
I could teach a2ps to do 80 column 66 line pages, and still leave
a margin for punching 3-ring binder holes.
David Kelly N4HHE, (wk), (hm)
The human mind ordinarily operates at only ten percent of its
capacity -- the rest is overhead for the operating system.

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