|Printing on Unix, 'black magic' or
'commandline wizardry' ?|
Unix Systems usually doesn't have printer support like Windows or
Macintosh computers. It's often something like black magic,
to get something printed on a plain Unix system.
But even if you downloaded and installed every tool and filter
script you need to convert your document type to something, your
printer is capable to print, it's kind of commandline wizardry,
to actually make it happen ;-)
It starts usually reading the friendly manual pages and ends
up drinking some more coffee then you are used to. Often you need
to take some aspirin pills as well ;-)
|Apsfilter simplifies printing under Unix|
Printing of different file formats is strongly simplified.
The following commandline shows, that the user doesn't have to know
anymore, how different file formats have to be converted with different
Unix utilities, to get printed onto your printer.
user@unixhost $ lpr -C high:duplex:32bpp:present:glossy ascii-file.gz
LaTeX.dvi.bz2 picture.gif xfig-file.fig.Z
So you can relax and simply concentrate on the simple fact, that
you want to print something, not how to pipe data through different
From apsfilter version 5.2 up its even possible, to change print
options on the command line using the -C option of the lpr command,
the so called Class option.
Starting from apsfilter 6.0.0 duplex printing is supported. If your
printer or driver is not duplex capable, then you can choose apsfilters
"pseudo duplex mode". You get an e-mail containing a command that restarts
the print queue for printing the backside of the paper. A "magic cookie",
makes sure, that only you can start the print job, so that nobody other
prints in the meantime.
Click here for a complete list of
Locally connected serial, parallel or USB printer
Unix remote printer (lpd protocol)
HP JetDirect card (lpd protocol)
Network remote printer (lpd protocol)
Windows remote printer (smbprint, samba)
Appletalk remote printer (pap, netatalk)
Linuxberg, a resource for 1000's
of the best Linux software and applications on the net, gave apsfilter
the best note of "5 penguins" in the discipline
console - printing.
German Unix magazine iX, 06/98, S. 144, "Drucken unter Linux"
Unix Open, sorry, lost the source