Format and print text using ghostscript


gslp -12BclqRr -b<header> -f<font> -F<hfont> -L<lines> -p<outfile> -T<n> --add-to-space <units> --add-to-width <units> --columns <n> --detect --first-page <n> --kern <file.afm> --last-page <n> --(heading|footing)-(left|center|right) <string> --margin-(top|bottom|left|right) <inches> --no-eject-(file|formfeed) --spacing <n> [gs options] [files]

gsbj [options] [files]
gsdj [options] [files]
gsdj500 [options] [files]
gslj [options] [files]


This utility provides functionality approximately equivalent to the Unix enscript(1) program. It prints plain text files using a single font. It currently handles tabs and formfeeds, but not backspaces. It will line-wrap when using fixed-pitch fonts. It will also do kerning and width adjustment.

The default device (-sDEVICE=) and resolution (-r) are as follows:

      gslp      epson      180
      gsbj      bj10e      180
      gsdj      deskjet    300
      gsdj500   djet500    300
      gslj      laserjet   300

By default the current date is formatted as the center header.


Standard switches implemented:

-12BclqRr -b<header> -f<font> -F<hfont> -L<lines> -p<outfile>

Sun switches implemented:

-T<n> set tab width

Switches ignored:

-GghKkmow -# -C -d -J -n -P -S -s -t -v

Switches added:
--add-to-space <units>

add the given number of 1/72" units to the width of each space (may be negative)

--add-to-width <units>

add the given number of 1/72" units to the width of each character (may be negative)

--columns <n>

print in <n> columns


treat the file as PostScript if it starts with %!

--first-page <n>

start printing at page <n>

--kern <file.afm>

kern using information from the given .AFM file

--last-page <n>

stop printing after page <n>

--(heading|footing)-(left|center|right) <string>

set the heading/footing fields; use -B first to clear

--margin-(top|bottom|left|right) <inches>

set a margin


end-of-file/FF only starts a new column, not a new sheet

--spacing <n>

use double (n=2), triple (n=3), etc. spacing

Also, the string %# in a heading or footing is replaced with the page #.


This document was last revised for Ghostscript version 9.56.1.




Artifex Software, Inc. are the primary maintainers of Ghostscript. This manpage by George Ferguson.

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