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     aps2file - printing to a file via apsfilter


     aps2file [-D] [-Pqueue] [-Zoptions] [-ooutput] [input]
     aps2file [-h]


     With aps2file you can direct the printer data generated by apsfilter(1)
     into an arbitrary file without the use of a spooler.


     -h          show help screen
     -D          enable debug mode
     -Pqueue     select a printer queue (different from the default one)
     -Zoptions   use apsfilter command line options (comma-separated list)
     -ooutput    direct data stream to output (default: stdout)
     input       read data from input (default: stdin)

     Unlike printing with lpr(1), you can only use one input file at a time.

     Using aps2file is also the recommended way to create a debugging log of a
     failed printing attempt. If you include the -D flag, the apsfilter shell
     script will log every command and print it to stderr.  To save the output
     for inclusion into a bug report, you should therefore use a command of
     the sort
           aps2file -D -o /dev/null [-P...] [-Z...] [input] 2> log.txt


     aps2file only works correctly with entries in /etc/printcap that have
     been created by /usr/share/apsfilter/SETUP.


     /etc/printcap                       printer capability data base
     /usr/share/apsfilter/bin/apsfilter  apsfilter script


     apsfilter(1), apsfilter-bug(1), apspreview(1), apsfilterrc(5),


     See apsfilter software center - - for new
     versions, bugfixes and known bugs.

     Please use the new tool apsfilter-bug(1) to release bug- or problem
     reports. It automatically presents you a form in an editor window which
     asks you some standard questions.  If you save and quit the editor
     session, then this report is sent automatically via e-mail to the proper
     apsfilter mailinglist.

     If apsfilter fails to print something or prints it in a way you wouldn’t
     expect and you want to report an apsfilter error then please save the
     debugging output of one print session using the new aps2file(1) utility
     by typing aps2file -D -Z options file > /dev/null 2> file.debug and
     including the debugging output in the file file.debug into the edit
     session of the apsfilter-bug utility, so that it is included into the
     mail to the apsfilter mailinglist.

     Please note that you need to run /bin/sh (Bourne Shell), bash or a
     compatible shell, so that the above mentioned output redirection works.
     Under C-shell (/bin/csh) or tcsh it would’t work. If you don’t know, then
     simply make sure you use the Bournce shell by typing /bin/sh or bash,
     then you should have no problems with redirection of stdout and stderr (>
     /dev/null 2> file.debug).


     See official apsfilter homepage   Apsfilter Handbook including the
                                              Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


     Please send questions to the official apsfilter help channel  The above section BUGS and the file
     HOWTO-BUGREPORTS tells you how to report bugs.  If you want to know how
     to troubleshoot your apsfilter installation, please read the manpage
     aps2file(1) and apsfilter-bug(1) as well as the Apsfilter Handbook


     The aps2file manpage has been written by Michael Loßin <>
     and first appeared in apsfilter V 7.1.0.