Man Linux: Main Page and Category List


       atp - Convert an ASCII or a text file to PostScript format for printing


       atp [ -BCghlNoprRsvVW ] [ -c columns ] [ -t tabsize ] [ -f font ] [  -F
       headingsFont  ]  [ -cf commentsFont ] [ -title Title ] [ -date Date ] [
       -M Tm,Bm,Lm,Rm [cm|in] ] [ -T papersize ] [ -wm string [font]  ]  [  -#
       copies ] [ -fonts ] [ -level1 ] [ -postscript ] [ file...  ]


       atp  reads  in  text  files and converts them to PostScript format.  By
       default, it formats the output in two columns landscape mode in  either
       an  A4  or letter-size page, whichever was chosen by your system admin,
       with a ’fancy’ header and using a 7 points Courier font.  Fonts,  paper
       sizes, headings and formatting options may be specified.

       The PostScript output is by default directed to standard output; if the
       -o option is set the output is written in the file  If  no
       input file is given, the input is read from the standard input.

       When working with C or C++ source files, as specified by the -C option,
       atp applies different styles to different areas of code:  the  comments
       are  printed  using  a different font (Courier-BoldItalic, by default),
       the preprocessor instructions  are  italicized  and  the  the  function
       definitions headers are highlighted.

       atp  understands the nroff’s bold and italic backspace conventions, and
       formats consequently his output.

       Formfeed (control-L) characters in the input file causes a new page  or
       column to be started.

       PostScript  files  in input are transcribed on standard output, without
       translation, unless the -postscript option is set.

       For example:
                   atp -Co source.c
       writes a two columns landscape listing of the file source.c in the file, highlighting comments and function’s headers.

                   atp -p file.txt | lpr
       prints  a  copy  of the file file.txt, in portrait mode, on the default
       printer used by lpr.

       The fonts may be modified (scaled, rotated and sheared) by means  of  a
       transformation matrix.  Font specifications have three parts:

        -a font name, as known to PostScript (e.g.: Times-Roman, Courier-Bold)
        -a point size (1 point = 1/72 inch); a valid font size is any floating
       point value comprised between 5 and 50 points.
        -an  (optional)  transformation matrix, that consists of four floating
       point values, separated by a comma and preceded by a colon.

       For example, valid font specifications are:

       A PostScript transformation Matrix is stored as a vector of 6 elements:
       [a b c d e f]

       The matrix produces the transformation:
            x’ = a x + c y + e
            y’ = b x + d y + f

       Since  the translation of the font characters is no use, only the first
       four values must be specified, whereas e and f are kept to 0.

       The default values of the matrix [a,b,c,d] are [1,0,0,1].

       The widths of the characters is expanded if a>1 and reduced if a<1; the
       characters height is expanded if d>1 and reduced if d<1.  Modifying the
       values of b and c causes a rotation  of  the  font.   Keeping  b=0  and
       modifying c causes a font shearing.

       Tabs  in  the input stream are expanded (by default) to eight character


       -o     Direct the output to file

       -p     Print the output in portrait mode (the default is the  landscape

       -C     Assume  that  the  input file is a C or a C++ source, recognizes
              and  highlights  the  comments  and  the  function  definition’s

       -c columns
              Specify  the  number  of  the  columns  in  which  each  page is

       -B     Turn off page headings.

       -title Title
              Print the text specified by Title as the  title  on  each  page,
              rather than the filename.

       -date Date
              Print  the  text  specified  by  Date  as the date on each page,
              rather than the current. Only the first 12  characters  of  Date
              are used.

       -f font
              Set  the  font to be used for the body of each page. The default
              is Courier7 in landscape mode, Courier10 in portrait  mode,  and
              Courier7:.83,0,0,1 if the -C option is set.

       -F headingFont
              Set  the  font  to  be  used  for the page headings. Defaults to

       -cf commentFont
              Set the font to be used for emphasize the comments in a C source
              (when   the  -C  option  is  specified).  Defaults  to  Courier-

       -M Tm,Bm,Lm,Rm [cm|in]
              Set Top,Bottom,Left,Right margins. Their length is specified  in
              points  (1  point  =  1/72 inch), unless the suffix cm or in are

       -g     Disable the ’gaudy mode’: don’t paint the shaded frames  in  the

       -s     Turn off the shading of the headings

       -T papersize
              Set  the  output  paper type as per the argument.  The following
              paper  sizes  are  recognized  by  atp:  A3,  A4,  A5,  B4,  B5,
              Executive,  Folio,  Ledger,  Legal,  Letter,  Quarto, Statement,
              Tabloid, 10x14.

       -N     Precede each line with it’s line number relative to the start of
              the file.

       -t tabsize
              Sets  the  number  of  columns  to  which tabs are expanded. The
              default is eight columns.

       -h     Print usage message.

       -v or -V
              Display information identifying the  version  of  atp.   Nothing
              will be printed regardless of the other arguments.

       -r or -R
              Wrap the text on the space character preceding the right margin.

       -W     Truncate lines which are wide for the page.

       -l     Simulate a line printer: make  pages  66  lines  long  and  omit
              headers.  (Useful to print manual pages).

       -wm string [Font]
              Print  the watermark string on each page, using the font Font or
              Times-BoldItalic, by default.

       -# copies
              Print each page copies times.

       -fonts List the fonts recognized by atp.

       -level1 (or -l1)
              Generate  a PostScript output suitable for a PostScript level  1
              printer.   With  this  option,  the  text file must contain only
              7-bit characters.  By default, atp recognizes  8-bit  characters
              and produces a level 2 PostScript program.

              Do not pass through PostScript files.


       lpr(1), lpq(1), lprm(1)


       If a font is specified that is not available on the printer, the result
       is undetermined.

       No checking is  performed  on  the  input  file  to  detect  accidental
       printing of garbage files.


       Paolo  Severini - (MSDOS support by Kenneth H.
       Carpenter -;  preprocessor papersize option and  -date
       switch by Gabor J. Toth -

                               January 28, 1995