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GNU a2ps

Any to PostScript filter.

Program started as a text to PostScript converter, with pretty printing and all the expected features of this kind of program, but it can now handle other file types (PostScript, Texinfo, DVI, web-authoring, PDF, etc.) provided you have the necessary tools. While highly configurable, everything was designed so that even a novice can do complicated PostScript manipulations. For instance, the program can delegate the processing of some files to other filters (such as groff, texi2dvi, dvips, gzip,etc.) which allows a uniform treatment (n-up, page selection, duples, etc.) of heterogeneous files It also includes support for a wide range of programming languages, encodings (ISO Latins, Cyrillic, etc.), medias, and Native Language Support (NLS).


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Free as in Freedom 2.0, by Richard Stallman

Introduction to the Command Line

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Leaders and contributors

Chuck Robey Contributor
Dirk Eddelbuettel Contributor
Juliusz Chroboczek Contributor
Paolo Matos Contributor
David Seifert Maintainer
Masayuki Hatta Contributor

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
Debian (Ref)https://tracker.debian.org/pkg/a2ps
Mailing Listhttps://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/a2ps/
VCS Repository Webviewhttps://web.cvs.savannah.gnu.org/viewvc/a2ps/
Mailing Listhttps://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/bug-a2ps/
Mailing Listhttps://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/gnu-system-discuss/
VCS Repository Webviewhttps://cvs.savannah.gnu.org/viewvc/a2ps/
Mailing Listhttps://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/a2ps-patches/
Savannah (Ref)https://savannah.gnu.org/projects/a2ps/
Mailing Listhttps://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/a2ps-commit/
VCS Repository Webviewhttps://git.savannah.gnu.org/cgit/a2ps.git/

Software prerequisites

Required to usePSUtils psnup
Weak prerequisitetexinfo (makeinfo)
Weak prerequisitebzip2
Required to usepsselect
Weak prerequisiteacroread
Weak prerequisitegzip
Weak prerequisitegroff
Weak prerequisiteGhostscript
Weak prerequisiteLaTeX
Weak prerequisiteGV
Weak prerequisitedvips
Weak prerequisiteImageMagick

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 20 January 2019.


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