installing ghostscript as filter in /etc/printcap

installing ghostscript as filter in /etc/printcap

Post by Scott Norwo » Thu, 20 Feb 1997 04:00:00

I keep reading about how easy it is to install ghostscript as a print
filter to allow easy printing of Postscript files to non-postscript printers.
I still haven't seen an /etc/printcap with this implemented, however, nor
have I been able to find anything online with specific examples of how to
implement this, and AFAIK, it's not in the Ghostscript docs, either.

My present /etc/printcap is as follows:

hardcopy|hardcopy: \
   :lp=/dev/lp1: \
   :sd=/usr/spool/lpd/hardcopy: \
   :lf=/usr/spool/lpd/hardcopy/errs: \
   :mx#0: \
   :sh: \

Any and all help is appreciated.  Thanks.

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installing ghostscript as filter in /etc/printcap

Post by Ted Deppn » Mon, 24 Feb 1997 04:00:00

>I keep reading about how easy it is to install ghostscript as a print

Really easy.  Write a script that you can send a PS file to via stdin.
then set that script to be your input filter on your "ps" printer.


lpps does your ghostcript, and then resumbits the job via lpr to your actual
printer queue.  lpps should send nothing to it's stdout btw, and I don't think
the sh or sf are necessary, since the job is handled before those would be
added ( I think ).

I'm not at my main box now, else I'd drop in my snippets.  I also use this
if= for our pager paging queue.  You submit "phonenumber pagetosend" to it,
and it dails the modem and everything.  Very efficent method of modem
management for paging.

Ted Deppner


1. Help needed: Ghostscript as /etc/printcap filter

I would like to print postscript files on non-postscript printers.
Ghostscript can do things like that but I would like the process to be
transparent for the users.
Therefore I would like to use ghostscript as a filter set in the
Does anyone has done this and could provide me an example?


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