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     apsfilterrc - configuration file for magic print filter




     Apsfilterrc is a configuration file for printers controlled by the
     apsfilter(1) magic filter.

     Every apsfilter printer in printcap(5) has an apsfilterrc file of its

     There is one global apsfilterrc file that controls print characteristics
     for all printer. The printer-specific apsfilterrc files have preference
     over the global one.

     Reasons for using an apsfilterrc file are if it turns out, that you have
     to type in some commandline options too often or if an application is
     unable to parameterize the print command, so that you have to hardcode
     the print characteristic for such dumb applications.

     An enhancement to this concept are user-specific config files, that have
     preference over the global and the printer-specific config file. This
     allows configuration of print characteristics on a per-user basis.

     You should make use of user-specific config files instead of using the
     deprecated USE_USER_CODE variable, which compromises system security and
     is only an option on a single-user machine, see below.

     QUALITY          Select print quality (draft, lo|low, med|medium,
                      hi|high, photo).

     SWEEP            Print uni- or bidirectional (uni, bi).

     MEDIA            Select paper type (plain, coated, glossy, premium,

     COLOR            Select color mode (color|colour, gray|grey, mono).

     METHOD           Choose apsfilters method of data processing (auto,
                      ascii, raw).  Automatic file type recognition and
                      automatic conversion to Postscript is apsfilters default
                      processing method. If you want to print mostly files ‘as
                      is’, you can set the default to ’raw’, this disables any
                      kind of file type recognition and conversion. If you
                      want to print mostly everything as ASCII text, then you
                      can set this option to ’ascii’.

     PAPERSIZE        Set the default paper size (a3, a4, legal, ledger,

     ASCII_FILTER     Text file filter to use, when printing ASCII documents
                      (a2ps, mpage, enscript, recode).

     PAPERTRAY        Paper feed tray number (tray0...tray9).

     PRETTY_PRINTING  a2ps highlight level for pretty-printing when using a2ps
                      or enscript as ascii filter (0, 1, 2). See also

     ASCII_HEADER     Whether you want headers in your text prints when using
                      a2ps, mpage or enscript as ascii filter (header,

     ASCII_BORDER     Whether you want borders in your text prints  when using
                      a2ps, mpage or enscript as ascii filter (border,

                      Pages per sheet (1pps, 2pps, 4pps, 8pps).

                      Paper orientation (landscape, portrait).

     PS_BOOK          Output pages in "book" format, implies commandline
                      options "2pps,duplex,shortbind". Related options:
                      PS_NUP, ASCII_PPS, DUPLEX, BINDING.

     DUPLEX           Whether to use duplex mode or not (duplex, simplex).

     BINDING          Paper binding edge (shortbind, longbind).

     COPIES           Number of copies (copies=N).

     USE_USER_CODE    Enabling this option is a big potential security hole
                      !!!  If you don’t understand this, DO NOT USE IT.  It
                      makes user manageable apsfilterrc files possible which
                      will be sourced (included/executed) during runtime of a
                      printjob under the permissions of the calling process
                      (lpd).  This option is only valid for typical "single-
                      user" systems, where a user wants direct access to an
                      apsfilterrc without having to become root to make
                      changes.  A more conveniant way on a multi-user system,
                      where security is an issue, is that a system
                      administrator creates user-specific apsfilterrc files.
                      Additional informations can be found in the apsfilter
                      handbook and in the apsfilterrc file together with some


                      apsfilter global config file, settings are overwriteable
                      by more specific printer config files, see below.
                      apsfilter config file on a per printer queue basis. This
                      file has preference over the global config file.
                      apsfilter config file on a per user basis (per print
                      queue). This file has preference over the global and the
                      printer queue specific config file.
                      A user defineable config file on a per printer queue
                      basis. This file has preference over the global, the
                      printer queue specific and the central per user config
                      file, which is administered by a system administrator.
                      Enabling this has a deep impact on your systems
                      security, should NOT be used, especially on multi-user
                      systems and is therefore disabled by default. See
                      comments to USE_USER_CODE variable.


     apsfilter(1), printcap(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


     Apsfilter developement started in 1994.

     The apsfilterrc file on a "per printer queue" basis appeared in apsfilter