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     pac - printer/plotter accounting information


     pac [-cmrs] [-Pprinter] [-pprice] [user ...]


     pac reads the printer/plotter accounting files, accumulating the number
     of pages (the usual case) or feet (for raster devices) of paper consumed
     by each named user, and prints out how much each user consumed in pages
     or feet and dollars.

     When no user arguments are given, statistics are printed for every user
     who has used any paper.

     The options are as follows:

             Accounting is done for the named printer.  Normally, accounting
             is done for the default printer (site dependent) or the value of
             the environment variable PRINTER is used.

     -c      Causes the output to be sorted by cost; usually the output is
             sorted alphabetically by name.

     -m      Causes the host name to be ignored in the accounting file.  This
             allows for a user on multiple machines to have all of his
             printing charges grouped together.

             The value price is used for the cost in dollars instead of the
             default value of 0.02 or the price specified in /etc/printcap.

     -r      Reverse the sorting order.

     -s      Accounting information is summarized on the summary accounting
             file; this summarization is necessary since on a busy system, the
             accounting file can grow by several lines per day.


     pac formats the output into a simple table, using four columns:

     1.   The host name followed by the user’s login name (column "Login").
          If the -m option was specified, the host name will be omitted.

     2.   The number of pages or feet printed (column "pages/feet").

     3.   The number of copies made (column "runs").

     4.   The total price for the user (column "price").

     If no user argument was specified, pac will print a summary line with
     print totals.


     /var/account/?acct  raw accounting files
     /var/account/?_sum  summary accounting files
     /etc/printcap       printer capability database




     The pac command appeared in 4.0BSD.


     The relationship between the computed price and reality is as yet