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       dcmprscu - Print spooler for presentation state viewer


       dcmprscu [options] [filename_in...]


       The  dcmprscu  utility  implements  the  DICOM  Basic  Grayscale  Print
       Management Service Class as SCU. It also supports  the  optional  Basic
       Annotation  Box  and  Presentation  LUT  SOP  Classes.  The  utility is
       intended for use within the DICOMscope viewer.

       The dcmprscu utility takes complete print jobs consisting of  a  Stored
       Print object and one or more Hardcopy Grayscale objects and spools them
       to the printer. No attempt is made  to  check  whether  the  attributes
       defined  in  the  Stored  Print  object are supported by the Print SCP.
       However, the print  spooler  will  not  attempt  to  use  the  optional
       Annotation  or  Presentation  LUT services if they are not successfully
       negotiated with the Print SCP.

       The dcmprscu utility  reads  the  characteristics  of  the  printer  to
       communicate   with  from  the  configuration  file.  Depending  on  the
       printer’s support for Presentation LUT, any Presentation LUT present in
       the print job will be rendered into the hardcopy images before they are
       spooled to the printer if necessary. If the printer  does  not  support
       image  transmission with 12 bits/pixel (as per the configuration file),
       the grayscale hardcopy images are down-sampled to 8  bits/pixel  before
       transmission to the printer.

       The dcmprscu utility can be run either in ’printer mode’, in which case
       the file name of a Stored Print object must be  passed,  or  in  ’spool
       mode’,  in  which  case  commands  are  read  periodically from a spool


       filename_in  stored print file(s) to be spooled


   general options
         -h  --help
               print this help text and exit

               print version information and exit

         -v  --verbose
               verbose mode, print actions

         -d  --debug
               debug mode, print debug information

         +d  --dump
               dump all DIMSE messages to stdout

               do not create print-out (no n-action-rq)

               send film session n-action rq (instead of film box)

               transmit basic grayscale images in MONOCHROME1

   mode options
         +p  --print
               printer mode, print file(s) and terminate (default)

         +s  --spool  [n]ame: string
               spooler mode, use job prefix [n]

   processing options
         -c  --config  [f]ilename: string
               process using settings from configuration file

         -p  --printer  [n]ame: string (default: 1st printer in cfg file)
               select printer with identifier [n] from cfg file

   spooler options (only with --spool)
             --sleep  [d]elay: integer (default: 1)
               sleep [d] seconds between spooler checks

   basic film session options (not with --spool):
             --copies  [v]alue: integer (1..100, default: 1)
               set number of copies to [v]

             --medium-type  [v]alue: string
               set medium type to [v]

             --destination  [v]alue: string
               set film destination to [v]

             --label  [v]alue: string
               set film session label to [v]

             --priority  [v]alue: string
               set print priority to [v]

             --owner  [v]alue: string
               set film session owner ID to [v]


       All command line tools  use  the  following  notation  for  parameters:
       square  brackets  enclose  optional  values  (0-1), three trailing dots
       indicate that multiple values are allowed (1-n), a combination of  both
       means 0 to n values.

       Command line options are distinguished from parameters by a leading ’+’
       or ’-’ sign, respectively. Usually, order and position of command  line
       options  are  arbitrary  (i.e.  they  can appear anywhere). However, if
       options are mutually exclusive the rightmost appearance is  used.  This
       behaviour  conforms  to  the  standard  evaluation rules of common Unix

       In addition, one or more command files can be specified  using  an  ’@’
       sign  as  a  prefix to the filename (e.g. @command.txt). Such a command
       argument is replaced by the content  of  the  corresponding  text  file
       (multiple  whitespaces  are treated as a single separator) prior to any
       further evaluation. Please note that  a  command  file  cannot  contain
       another  command  file.  This  simple  but effective approach allows to
       summarize common combinations of options/parameters and avoids  longish
       and   confusing   command   lines  (an  example  is  provided  in  file


       The dcmprscu utility will  attempt  to  load  DICOM  data  dictionaries
       specified  in the DCMDICTPATH environment variable. By default, i.e. if
       the  DCMDICTPATH  environment   variable   is   not   set,   the   file
       <PREFIX>/lib/dicom.dic  will  be  loaded unless the dictionary is built
       into the application (default for Windows).

       The  default  behaviour  should  be  preferred  and   the   DCMDICTPATH
       environment  variable  only used when alternative data dictionaries are
       required. The DCMDICTPATH environment variable has the same  format  as
       the  Unix  shell PATH variable in that a colon (’:’) separates entries.
       The data dictionary code will attempt to load each  file  specified  in
       the  DCMDICTPATH  environment  variable.  It  is  an  error  if no data
       dictionary can be loaded.


       etc/dcmpstat.cfg, etc/printers.cfg - sample configuration files




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