PrintingPackage

This page describes package Lisp:printing.el.gz, by ViniciusJoseLatorre.

.:: v6.9.3 :: part of GNU Emacs ::.
.:: depends on PsPrintPackage v6.6.4 (or later) :: lpr.el :: mule :: ghostscript ::.

About printing

With printing you can preview or print a PostScript file. You can also print a text file using PostScript, and preview or print buffers that use certain special modes like mh-folder-mode, rmail-summary-mode, gnus-summary-mode, etc. This package also includes a PostScript/text printer database.

There are two user interfaces:

Menu interface
The printing menu replaces the usual print options in the menu bar.
This is the default user interface.
Buffer interface
You can use a buffer interface instead of menus. It looks like a customization buffer. Basically, it has the same options found in the menu and some extra options, all this on a buffer.
CUPS
If you are running CUPS the cups-bsd system-package provides an lpr interface.

printing is prepared to run on GNU, Unix and NT systems.

On GNU or Unix system, printing depends on gs and gv utilities.

On NT system, printing depends on gstools (gswin32.exe and gsview32.exe). To obtain ghostscript, ghostview and GSview see the URL http://www.gnu.org/software/ghostscript/ghostscript.html.

printing depends on ps-print package to generate PostScript files, to spool and to despool PostScript buffer. So, printing provides an interface to ps-print package and it also provides some extra stuff.

To download the latest ps-print package see PsPrintPackage. Please, see README file for ps-print installation instructions.

printing was inspired by:

print-nt.el – Frederic Corne <frederic.corne@erli.fr>
Special printing functions for Windows NT
mh-e-init.el – Tom Vogels <tov@ece.cmu.edu>
PS-print for mail messages
win32-ps-print.el – Matthew O. Persico <mpersico@erols.com>
PostScript printing with ghostscript
ps-print-interface.el – Volker Franz <volker.franz@tuebingen.mpg.de>
Graphical front end for ps-print and previewing

Log Messages

The buffer *Printing Command Output* is where the printing log messages are inserted. All program called by printing has a log entry in the buffer *Printing Command Output*. A log entry has the following form:

   PROGRAM (ARG...)
   MESSAGE
   Exit status: CODE

Where

PROGRAM is the program activated by printing,
ARG is an argument passed to PROGRAM (it can have more than one argument),
MESSAGE is an error message returned by PROGRAM (it can have no message, if PROGRAM is successful),
and CODE is a numeric exit status or a signal description string.

For example, after previewing a PostScript file, *Printing Command Output* will have the following entry:

   /usr/X11R6/bin/gv ("/home/user/example/file.ps")
   Exit status: 0

In the example above, the previewing was successful. If during previewing, you quit gv execution (by typing C-g during Emacs session), the log entry would be:

   /usr/X11R6/bin/gv ("/home/user/example/file.ps")
   Exit status: Quit

So, if something goes wrong, a good place to take a look is the buffer *Printing Command Output*. Don’t forget to see also the buffer *Messages*, it can help.

Novices (First Users)

First of all, see printing documentation only to get an idea of what printing is capable.

Then try to set the variables: pr-ps-name, pr-ps-printer-alist, pr-txt-name, pr-txt-printer-alist and pr-path-alist. These variables are the main variables for printing processing.

Now, please, see these variables documentation deeper. You can do this by typing C-h v pr-ps-name RET (for example) if you already loaded printing package, or by browsing printing.el source file.

If the documentation isn’t clear or if you find a way to improve the documentation, please, send an email to maintainer. All printing users will thank you.

One way to set variables is by calling pr-customize, customize all variables and save the customization by future sessions (see Options section). Other way is by coding your settings on Emacs init file (that is, ~/.emacs file), see below for a first setting template that it should be inserted on your ~/.emacs file (or c:/_emacs, if you’re using Windows 9x/NT or MS-DOS):

Example of setting for Windows system:

   (require 'printing)		; load printing package
   (setq pr-path-alist
	    '((windows   "c:/applications/executables" PATH ghostview mpage)
	      (ghostview "c:/gs/gsview-dir")
	      (mpage     "c:/mpage-dir")
	      ))
   (setq pr-txt-name      'prt_06a)
   (setq pr-txt-printer-alist
         '((prt_06a  "print"     nil "/D:\\\\printers\\prt_06a")
           (prt_07c  nil         nil "/D:\\\\printers\\prt_07c")
           (PRN      ""          nil "PRN")
           (standard "redpr.exe" nil "")
           ))
   (setq pr-ps-name       'lps_06b)
   (setq pr-ps-printer-alist
         '((lps_06a  "print"     nil "/D:" "\\\\printers\\lps_06a")
           (lps_06b  "print"     nil nil   "\\\\printers\\lps_06b")
           (lps_07c  "print"     nil ""    "/D:\\\\printers\\lps_07c")
           (lps_08c  nil         nil nil   "\\\\printers\\lps_08c")
           (LPT1     ""          nil ""    "LPT1:")
           (PRN      ""          nil ""    "PRN")
           (standard "redpr.exe" nil ""    "")
           ))
   (pr-update-menus t)		; update now printer and utility menus

Example of setting for GNU or Unix system:

   (require 'printing)		; load printing package
   (setq pr-path-alist
	    '((unix      "." "~/bin" ghostview mpage PATH)
	      (ghostview "$HOME/bin/gsview-dir")
	      (mpage     "$HOME/bin/mpage-dir")
	      ))
   (setq pr-txt-name      'prt_06a)
   (setq pr-txt-printer-alist
         '((prt_06a "lpr" nil "prt_06a")
           (prt_07c nil   nil "prt_07c")
           ))
   (setq pr-ps-name       'lps_06b)
   (setq pr-ps-printer-alist
         '((lps_06b "lpr" nil "-P" "lps_06b")
           (lps_07c "lpr" nil nil  "lps_07c")
           (lps_08c nil   nil nil  "lps_08c")
           ))
   (pr-update-menus t)		; update now printer and utility menus
NOTE 1
Don’t forget to download and install ghostscript utilities (see Utilities section).
NOTE 2
The printer-name and ps-printer-name variables don’t need to be set, as they are implicit set by pr-ps-printer-alist and pr-txt-printer-alist.
NOTE 3
The duplex feature will only work on PostScript printers that support this feature.
You can check if your PostScript printer supports duplex feature by checking the printer manual. Or you can try these steps:
1. Open a buffer (or use the *scratch* buffer).
2. Type:
First line (on first page)
^L
Second line (on second page)
3. Print this buffer with duplex turned on.
If it’s printed 2 (two) sheets of paper, then your PostScript printer doesn’t have duplex feature; otherwise, it’s ok, your printer does have duplex feature.
NOTE 4
See Tips section.

Tips

Tip 1.
If you have a local printer, that is, a printer which is connected directly to your computer, don’t forget to connect the printer to your computer before printing.
Tip 2.
If you try to print a file and it seems that the file was printed, but there is no paper in the printer, then try to set pr-delete-temp-file to nil. Probably printing is deleting the temporary file before your local system can get it to send to the printer.
Tip 3.
Don’t try to print a dynamic buffer, that is, a buffer which is modifying while printing tries to print. Eventually you got an error message. Instead, save the dynamic buffer to a file or copy it in another buffer and, then, print the file or the new static buffer. An example of dynamic buffer is the *Messages* buffer.
Tip 4.
When running Emacs on Windows (with or without cygwin), check if your printer is a text printer or not by typing in a DOS window:
      print /D:\\host\printer somefile.txt
Where, host is the machine where the printer is directly connected, printer is the printer name and somefile.txt is a text file.
If the printer \\host\printer doesn’t print the content of somefile.txt or, instead, it returns the following message:
      PostScript Error Handler
      Offending Command = CCC
      Stack =
Where CCC is whatever is at the beginning of the text to be printed.
Therefore, the printer \\host\printer is not a text printer, but a PostScript printer. So, please, don’t include this printer in pr-txt-printer-alist (which see).
Tip 5.
You can use gsprint instead of ghostscript to print monochrome PostScript files in Windows. The gsprint utility documentation says that it is more efficient than ghostscript to print monochrome PostScript.
To print non-monochrome PostScript file, the efficiency of ghostscript is similar to gsprint.
Also the gsprint utility comes together with gsview distribution.
For more information about gsprint see http://www.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost/gsview/gsprint.htm.
As an example of gsprint declaration:
      (setq pr-ps-printer-alist
            '((A "gsprint" ("-all" "-twoup") "-printer " "my-b/w-printer-name")
              (B "gsprint" ("-all" "-twoup") nil "-printer my-b/w-printer-name")
              ;; some other printer declaration
              ))
The example above declares that printer A prints all pages (-all) and two pages per sheet (-twoup). The printer B declaration does the same as the printer A declaration, the only difference is the printer name selection.
There are other command line options like:
-mono Render in monochrome as 1bit/pixel (only black and white).
-grey Render in greyscale as 8bits/pixel.
-color Render in color as 24bits/pixel.
The default is -mono. So, printer A and B in the example above are using implicitly the -mono option. Note that in -mono no gray tone or color is printed, this includes the zebra stripes, that is, in -mono the zebra stripes are not printed.
See also documentation for pr-ps-printer-alist.

Using printing

To use printing insert in your ~/.emacs file (or c:/_emacs, if you’re using Windows 9x/NT or MS-DOS):

   (require 'printing)
   ;; ...some user settings...
   (pr-update-menus t)

During pr-update-menus evaluation:

On Emacs 20
it replaces the Tools/Print menu by Tools/Printing menu.
On Emacs 21
it replaces the File/Print* menu entries by File/Print menu.

Please, see section Menu Layout below for menu explanation.

To use printing utilities you can use the Printing menu options, type M-x followed by one of the commands below, or type a key associated with the command you want (if there is a key binding).

printing has the following commands:

   pr-interface
   pr-ps-directory-preview
   pr-ps-directory-using-ghostscript
   pr-ps-directory-print
   pr-ps-directory-ps-print
   pr-ps-buffer-preview
   pr-ps-buffer-using-ghostscript
   pr-ps-buffer-print
   pr-ps-buffer-ps-print
   pr-ps-region-preview
   pr-ps-region-using-ghostscript
   pr-ps-region-print
   pr-ps-region-ps-print
   pr-ps-mode-preview
   pr-ps-mode-using-ghostscript
   pr-ps-mode-print
   pr-ps-mode-ps-print
   pr-ps-file-preview
   pr-ps-file-up-preview
   pr-ps-file-using-ghostscript
   pr-ps-file-print
   pr-ps-file-ps-print
   pr-ps-file-up-ps-print
   pr-ps-fast-fire
   pr-despool-preview
   pr-despool-using-ghostscript
   pr-despool-print
   pr-despool-ps-print
   pr-printify-directory
   pr-printify-buffer
   pr-printify-region
   pr-txt-directory
   pr-txt-buffer
   pr-txt-region
   pr-txt-mode
   pr-txt-fast-fire
   pr-toggle-file-duplex
   pr-toggle-file-tumble
   pr-toggle-file-landscape
   pr-toggle-ghostscript
   pr-toggle-faces
   pr-toggle-spool
   pr-toggle-duplex
   pr-toggle-tumble
   pr-toggle-landscape
   pr-toggle-upside-down
   pr-toggle-line
   pr-toggle-zebra
   pr-toggle-header
   pr-toggle-lock
   pr-toggle-region
   pr-toggle-mode
   pr-customize
   lpr-customize
   pr-help
   pr-ps-name
   pr-txt-name
   pr-ps-utility
   pr-show-ps-setup
   pr-show-pr-setup
   pr-show-lpr-setup

The general meanings of above commands are:

PREFIX:
pr-interface
buffer interface for printing package.
pr-help
help for printing package.
pr-ps-name
interactively select a PostScript printer.
pr-txt-name
interactively select a text printer.
pr-ps-utility
interactively select a PostScript utility.
pr-show-*-setup
show current settings.
pr-ps-*
deal with PostScript code generation.
pr-txt-*
deal with text generation.
pr-toggle-*
toggle on/off some boolean variable.
pr-despool-*
despool the PostScript spooling buffer.
pr-printify-*
replace nonprintable ASCII by printable ASCII representation.
SUFFIX:
*-customize
customization.
*-preview
preview a PostScript file.
*-using-ghostscript
use ghostscript to print.
*-fast-fire
fast fire command (see it for documentation).
*-print
send PostScript directly to printer.
*-ps-print
send PostScript directly to printer or use ghostscript to print. It depends on pr-print-using-ghostscript option.
INFIX/SUFFIX:
*-directory*
process a directory.
*-buffer*
process a buffer.
*-region*
process a region.
*-mode*
process a major mode (see explanation below).
*-file-*
process a PostScript file.
*-file-up-*
process a PostScript file using a filter utility.

Here are some examples:

pr-ps-buffer-using-ghostscript
Use ghostscript to print a buffer.
pr-ps-file-print
Print a PostScript file.
pr-toggle-spool
Toggle spooling buffer.

So you can preview through ghostview, use ghostscript to print (if you don’t have a PostScript printer) or send directly to printer a PostScript code generated by ps-print package.

Besides operating one buffer or region each time, you also can postpone previewing or printing by saving the PostScript code generated in a temporary Emacs buffer. This way you can save banner pages between successive printing. You can toggle on/off spooling by invoking pr-toggle-spool interactively or through menu bar.

If you type, for example:

   C-u M-x pr-ps-buffer-print RET

The pr-ps-buffer-print command prompts you for a n-up printing number and a file name, and save the PostScript code generated to the file name instead of sending to printer.

This behavior is similar with the commands that deal with PostScript code generation, that is, with pr-ps-* and pr-despool-* commands. If spooling is on, only pr-despool-* commands prompt for a file name and save the PostScript code spooled in this file.

Besides the behavior described above, the *-directory* commands also prompt for a directory and a file name regexp. So, it’s possible to process all or certain files on a directory at once (see also documentation for pr-list-directory).

printing has also a special way to handle some major mode through *-mode* commands. So it’s possible to customize a major mode printing, it’s only needed to declare the customization in pr-mode-alist (see section Options) and invoke some of *-mode* commands. An example for major mode usage is when you’re using gnus (or mh, or rmail, etc.) and you’re in the *Summary* buffer, if you forget to switch to the *Article* buffer before printing, you’ll get a nicely formatted list of article subjects shows up at the printer. With major mode printing you don’t need to switch from gnus *Summary* buffer first.

Current global keyboard mapping for GNU Emacs is:

   (global-set-key [print]     'pr-ps-fast-fire)
   (global-set-key [M-print]   'pr-ps-mode-using-ghostscript)
   (global-set-key [S-print]   'pr-ps-mode-using-ghostscript)
   (global-set-key [C-print]   'pr-txt-fast-fire)
   (global-set-key [C-M-print] 'pr-txt-fast-fire)

And for XEmacs is:

   (global-set-key 'f22                'pr-ps-fast-fire)
   (global-set-key '(meta f22)         'pr-ps-mode-using-ghostscript)
   (global-set-key '(shift f22)        'pr-ps-mode-using-ghostscript)
   (global-set-key '(control f22)      'pr-txt-fast-fire)
   (global-set-key '(control meta f22) 'pr-txt-fast-fire)

As a suggestion of global keyboard mapping for some printing commands:

   (global-set-key "\C-ci"  'pr-interface)
   (global-set-key "\C-cbp" 'pr-ps-buffer-print)
   (global-set-key "\C-cbx" 'pr-ps-buffer-preview)
   (global-set-key "\C-cbb" 'pr-ps-buffer-using-ghostscript)
   (global-set-key "\C-crp" 'pr-ps-region-print)
   (global-set-key "\C-crx" 'pr-ps-region-preview)
   (global-set-key "\C-crr" 'pr-ps-region-using-ghostscript)

Options

Below it’s shown a brief description of printing options, please, see the options declaration in the code for a long documentation.

pr-path-style
Specify which path style to use for external commands.
pr-path-alist
Specify an alist for command paths.
pr-txt-name
Specify a printer for printing a text file.
pr-txt-printer-alist
Specify an alist of all text printers.
pr-ps-name
Specify a printer for printing a PostScript file.
pr-ps-printer-alist
Specify an alist for all PostScript printers.
pr-temp-dir
Specify a directory for temporary files during printing.
pr-ps-temp-file
Specify PostScript temporary file name prefix.
pr-file-modes
Specify the file permission bits for newly created files.
pr-gv-command
Specify path and name of the gsview/gv utility.
pr-gs-command
Specify path and name of the ghostscript utility.
pr-gs-switches
Specify ghostscript switches.
pr-gs-device
Specify ghostscript device switch value.
pr-gs-resolution
Specify ghostscript resolution switch value.
pr-print-using-ghostscript
Non-nil means print using ghostscript.
pr-faces-p
Non-nil means print with Face attributes.
pr-spool-p
Non-nil means spool printing in a buffer.
pr-file-landscape
Non-nil means print PostScript file in landscape orientation.
pr-file-duplex
Non-nil means print PostScript file in duplex mode.
pr-file-tumble
Non-nil means print PostScript file in tumble mode.
pr-auto-region
Non-nil means region is automagically detected.
pr-auto-mode
Non-nil means major-mode specific printing is prefered over normal printing.
pr-mode-alist
Specify an alist for a major-mode and printing function.
pr-ps-utility
Specify PostScript utility processing.
pr-ps-utility-alist
Specify an alist for PostScript utility processing.
pr-menu-lock
Non-nil means menu is locked while selecting toggle options.
pr-menu-char-height
Specify menu char height in pixels.
pr-menu-char-width
Specify menu char width in pixels.
pr-setting-database
Specify an alist for settings in general.
pr-visible-entry-list
Specify a list of Printing menu visible entries.
pr-delete-temp-file
Non-nil means delete temporary files.
pr-list-directory
Non-nil means list directory when processing a directory.
pr-buffer-name
Specify the name of the buffer interface for printing package.
pr-buffer-name-ignore
Specify a regexp list for buffer names to be ignored in interface buffer.
pr-buffer-verbose
Non-nil means to be verbose when editing a field in interface buffer.

To set the above options you may:

a. insert the code in your ~/.emacs, like:

   (setq pr-faces-p t)

This way always keep your default settings when you enter a new Emacs session.

b. or use set-variable in your Emacs session, like:

   M-x set-variable RET pr-faces-p RET t RET

This way keep your settings only during the current Emacs session.

c. or use customization, for example:

  1. click on MenuBar Help option,
  2. then click on Customize,
  3. then click on Browse Customization Groups,
  4. expand PostScript group,
  5. expand Printing group
  6. and then customize printing options.

Through this way, you may choose if the settings are kept or not when you leave out the current Emacs session.

d. or see the option value:

   C-h v pr-faces-p RET

and click the customize hypertext button.

Through this way, you may choose if the settings are kept or not when you leave out the current Emacs session.

e. or invoke:

   M-x pr-customize RET

and then customize highline options.

Through this way, you may choose if the settings are kept or not when you leave out the current Emacs session.

f. or use menu bar, for example:

  1. click on MenuBar File option,
  2. then click on Printing,
  3. then click on Customize,
  4. then click on printing
  5. and then customize printing options.

Through this way, you may choose if the settings are kept or not when you leave out the current Emacs session.

Menu Layout

The printing menu (Tools/Printing or File/Print) has the following layout:

          +-----------------------------+
   A   0  |   Printing Interface        |
          +-----------------------------+       +-A---------+     +-B------+
   I   1  |   PostScript Preview       >|-------|Directory >|-----|1-up    |
       2  |   PostScript Print         >|---- A |Buffer    >|-- B |2-up    |
       3  |   PostScript Printer: name >|---- C |Region    >|-- B |4-up    |
          +-----------------------------+       |Mode      >|-- B |Other...|
   II  4  |   Printify                 >|-----\ |File      >|--\  +--------+
       5  |   Print                    >|---\ | |Despool... |  |
       6  |   Text Printer: name       >|-\ | | +-----------+  |
          +-----------------------------+ | | | +---------+   +------------+
   III 7  |[ ]Landscape                 | | | \-|Directory|   | No Prep... | Ia
       8  |[ ]Print Header              | | |   |Buffer   |   +------------+ Ib
       9  |[ ]Print Header Frame        | | |   |Region   |   |   name    >|- C
       10 |[ ]Line Number               | | |   +---------+   +------------+
       11 |[ ]Zebra Stripes             | | |   +---------+   |   1-up...  | Ic
       12 |[ ]Duplex                    | | \---|Directory|   |   2-up...  |
       13 |[ ]Tumble                    | \--\  |Buffer   |   |   4-up...  |
       14 |[ ]Upside-Down               |    |  |Region   |   |   Other... |
       15 |   Print All Pages          >|--\ |  |Mode     |   +------------+
          +-----------------------------+  | |  +---------+   |[ ]Landscape| Id
   IV  16 |[ ]Spool Buffer              |  | |  +-C-------+   |[ ]Duplex   | Ie
       17 |[ ]Print with faces          |  | \--|( )name A|   |[ ]Tumble   | If
       18 |[ ]Print via Ghostscript     |  |    |( )name B|   +------------+
          +-----------------------------+  |    |...      |
   V   19 |[ ]Auto Region               |  |    |(*)name  |
       20 |[ ]Auto Mode                 |  |    |...      |
       21 |[ ]Menu Lock                 |  |    +---------+   +--------------+
          +-----------------------------+  \------------------|(*)All Pages  |
   VI  22 |   Customize                >|--- D  +-D------+    |( )Even Pages |
       23 |   Show Settings            >|-------|printing|    |( )Odd Pages  |
       24 |   Help                      |       |ps-print|    |( )Even Sheets|
          +-----------------------------+       |lpr     |    |( )Odd Sheets |
                                                +--------+    +--------------+

See pr-visible-entry-list for hiding some parts of the menu.

The menu has the following sections:

A. Interface:

0. You can use a buffer interface instead of menus. It looks like the customization buffer. Basically, it has the same options found in the menu and some extra options, all this on a buffer.

I. PostScript printing:

1. You can generate a PostScript file (if you type C-u before activating menu) or PostScript temporary file for a directory, a buffer, a region or a major mode, choosing 1-up, 2-up, 4-up or any other n-up printing; after file generation, ghostview is activated using the file generated as argument. This option is disabled if spooling is on (option 16). Also, if you already have a PostScript file you can preview it. Instead of previewing each buffer, region or major mode at once, you can save temporarily the PostScript code generated in a buffer and preview it later. The option Despool... despools the PostScript spooling buffer in a temporary file and uses ghostview to preview it. If you type C-u before choosing this option, the PostScript code generated is saved in a file instead of saving in a temporary file. To spool the PostScript code generated you need to turn on the option 16. The option Despool... is enabled if spooling is on (option 16).
NOTE 1:
It’s possible to customize a major mode printing, just declare the customization in pr-mode-alist and invoke some of *-mode* commands or select Mode option in Printing menu. An example for major mode usage is when you’re using gnus (or mh, or rmail, etc.) and you’re in the *Summary* buffer, if you forget to switch to the *Article* buffer before printing, you’ll get a nicely formatted list of article subjects shows up at the printer. With major mode printing you don’t need to switch from gnus *Summary* buffer first.
NOTE 2:
There are the following options for PostScript file processing:
Ia. Print the file *No Preprocessing*, that is, send it directly to PostScript printer.
Ib. PostScript utility processing selection. See pr-ps-utility-alist and pr-setting-database for documentation.
Ic. Do n-up processing before printing.
Id. Toggle on/off landscape for PostScript file processing.
Ie. Toggle on/off duplex for PostScript file processing.
If. Toggle on/off tumble for PostScript file processing.
NOTE 3:
Don’t forget to download and install the utilities declared on pr-ps-utility-alist.
2. Operate the same way as option 1, but it sends directly the PostScript code (or put in a file, if you’ve typed C-u) or it uses ghostscript to print the PostScript file generated. It depends on option 18, if it’s turned on, it uses ghostscript; otherwise, it sends directly to printer. If spooling is on (option 16), the PostScript code is saved temporarily in a buffer instead of printing it or saving it in a file. Also, if you already have a PostScript file you can print it. Instead of printing each buffer, region or major mode at once, you can save temporarily the PostScript code generated in a buffer and print it later. The option Despool... despools the PostScript spooling buffer directly on a printer. If you type C-u before choosing this option, the PostScript code generated is saved in a file instead of sending to printer. To spool the PostScript code generated you need to turn on the option 16. This option is enabled if spooling is on (option 16). See also the NOTE 1, NOTE 2 and NOTE 3 on option 1.
3. You can select a new PostScript printer to send PostScript code generated. For selection it’s used all PostScript printers defined in pr-ps-printer-alist variable (see it for documentation). See also pr-setting-database.

II. Text printing:

4. If you have control characters (character code from \000 to \037) in a buffer and you want to print them in a text printer, select this option. All control characters in your buffer or region will be replaced by a printable representation. The printable representations use ^ (for ASCII control characters) or hex. The characters tab, linefeed, space, return and formfeed are not affected. You don’t need to select this option if you use any option of section I, the PostScript engine treats control characters properly.
5. If you want to print a directory, buffer, region or major mode in a text printer, select this option. See also the NOTE 1 on option 1.
6. You can select a new text printer to send text generated. For selection it’s used all text printers defined in pr-txt-printer-alist variable (see it for documentation). See also pr-setting-database.

III. PostScript page toggle options:

7. If you want a PostScript landscape printing, turn on this option.
8. If you want to have a header in each page in your PostScript code, turn on this option.
9. If you want to draw a gaudy frame around the header, turn on this option. This option is enabled if print header is on (option 8).
10. If you want that the line number is printed in your PostScript code, turn on this option.
11. If you want background zebra stripes in your PostScript code, turn on this option.
12. If you want a duplex printing and your PostScript printer has this feature, turn on this option.
13. If you turned on duplex printing, you can choose if you want to have a printing suitable for binding on the left or right (tumble off), or to have a printing suitable for binding at top or bottom (tumble on). This option is enabled if duplex is on (option 12).
14. If you want a PostScript upside-down printing, turn on this option.
15. With this option, you can choose if you want to print all pages, odd pages, even pages, odd sheets or even sheets. See also ps-even-or-odd-pages.

IV. PostScript processing toggle options:

16. If you want to spool the PostScript code generated, turn on this option. To spool the PostScript code generated use option 2. You can despool later by choosing option 1 or 2, sub-option Despool....
17. If you use colors in your buffers and want to see these colors on your PostScript code generated, turn on this option. If you have a black/white PostScript printer, these colors are displayed in gray scale by PostScript printer interpreter.
18. If you don’t have a PostScript printer to send PostScript files, turn on this option. When this option is on, the ghostscript is used to print PostScript files. In GNU or Unix system, if ghostscript is set as a PostScript filter, you don’t need to turn on this option.

V. Printing customization:

19. If you want that region is automagically detected, turn on this option. Note that this will only work if you’re using transient mark mode. When this option is on, the *-buffer* commands will behave like *-region* commands, that is, *-buffer* commands will print only the region marked instead of all buffer.
20. Turn this option on if you want that when current major-mode is declared in pr-mode-alist, the *-buffer* and *-region* commands behave like *-mode* commands.
21. If you want that Printing menu stays open while you are setting toggle options, turn on this option. The variables pr-menu-char-height and pr-menu-char-width are used to guess the menu position, so don’t forget to adjust these variables if menu position is not ok.

VI. Customization:

22. Besides all options in section III, IV and V, you can customize much more PostScript options in ps-print option. Or you can customize some lpr options for text printing. Or customize printing options.
23. Show current settings for printing, ps-print or lpr.
24. Quick help for printing menu layout.

Option Settings

Below it’s shown only the main options that affect all printing package. Check all the settings below BEFORE running printing commands.

Example of setting for GNU or Unix system:

   (require 'printing)
   (setq pr-path-alist
	    '((unix      "." "~/bin" ghostview mpage PATH)
	      (ghostview "$HOME/bin/gsview-dir")
	      (mpage     "$HOME/bin/mpage-dir")
	      ))
   (setq pr-txt-name      'prt_06a)
   (setq pr-txt-printer-alist
         '((prt_06a "lpr" nil "prt_06a")
           (prt_07c nil   nil "prt_07c")
           ))
   (setq pr-ps-name       'lps_06b)
   (setq pr-ps-printer-alist
         '((lps_06b "lpr" nil "-P" "lps_06b")
           (lps_07c "lpr" nil nil  "lps_07c")
           (lps_08c nil   nil nil  "lps_08c")
           ))
   (setq pr-temp-dir      "/tmp/")
   (setq pr-gv-command    "gv")
   (setq pr-gs-command    "gs")
   (setq pr-gs-switches '("-q -dNOPAUSE -I/usr/share/ghostscript/5.10"))
   (setq pr-gs-device     "uniprint")
   (setq pr-gs-resolution 300)
   (setq pr-ps-utility    'mpage)
   (setq pr-ps-utility-alist
	    '((mpage "mpage" nil    "-b%s" "-%d" "-l" "-t" "-T" ">" nil)
	      (psnup "psnup" ("-q") "-P%s" "-%d" "-l" nil  nil  " " nil
		     (inherits-from: . no-duplex))
	      ))
   (setq pr-setting-database
	    '((no-duplex
	       nil nil nil
	       (pr-file-duplex . nil)
	       (pr-file-tumble . nil))
	      ))
   (pr-update-menus t)		; update now printer and utility menus

Example of setting for Windows system:

   (require 'printing)
   (setq pr-path-alist
	    '((windows   "c:/applications/executables" PATH ghostview mpage)
	      (ghostview "c:/gs/gsview-dir")
	      (mpage     "c:/mpage-dir")
	      ))
   (setq pr-txt-name      'prt_06a)
   (setq pr-txt-printer-alist
         '((prt_06a  "print"     nil "/D:\\\\printers\\prt_06a")
           (prt_07c  nil         nil "/D:\\\\printers\\prt_07c")
           (PRN      ""          nil "PRN")
           (standard "redpr.exe" nil "")
           ))
   (setq pr-ps-name       'lps_06b)
   (setq pr-ps-printer-alist
         '((lps_06a  "print"     nil "/D:" "\\\\printers\\lps_06a")
           (lps_06b  "print"     nil nil   "\\\\printers\\lps_06b")
           (lps_07c  "print"     nil ""    "/D:\\\\printers\\lps_07c")
           (lps_08c  nil         nil nil   "\\\\printers\\lps_08c")
           (b/w      "gsprint" ("-all" "-twoup") "-printer " "b/w-pr-name")
           (LPT1     ""          nil ""    "LPT1:")
           (PRN      ""          nil ""    "PRN")
           (standard "redpr.exe" nil ""    "")
           ))
   (setq pr-temp-dir      "C:/WINDOWS/TEMP/")
   (setq pr-gv-command    "c:/gs/gsview/gsview32.exe")
   (setq pr-gs-command    "c:/gs/gswin32.exe")
   (setq pr-gs-switches '("-q -dNOPAUSE -Ic:/gs/gs5.50;c:/gs/gs5.50/fonts"))
   (setq pr-gs-device     "mswinpr2")
   (setq pr-gs-resolution 300)
   (setq pr-ps-utility    'psnup)
   (setq pr-ps-utility-alist
	    '((psnup "c:/psutils/psnup" ("-q") "-P%s" "-%d" "-l" nil nil " "
		     nil (inherits-from: . no-duplex))
	      ))
   (setq pr-setting-database
	    '((no-duplex
	       nil nil nil
	       (pr-file-duplex . nil)
	       (pr-file-tumble . nil))
	      ))
   (pr-update-menus t)		; update now printer and utility menus
NOTE
Don’t forget to download and install the utilities declared on pr-ps-utility-alist.

Utilities

printing package has the following utilities:

pr-setup
Return the current printing setup.
lpr-setup
Return the current lpr setup.
pr-update-menus
Update utility, PostScript and text printer menus.
pr-menu-bind
Install printing menu in the menubar.

Below are some URL where you can find good utilities.

Acknowledgments

Thanks to StefanMonnier for GNU Emacs and XEmacs printing menu (in pr-menu-spec) merging suggestion.

Thanks to LennartBorgman for gsprint suggestion (see tip 5 in section Tips).

Thanks to DrewAdams for suggestions:

Thanks to Fred Labrosse <f.labrosse@maths.bath.ac.uk> for XEmacs tests.

Thanks to Klaus Berndl <klaus.berndl@sdm.de> for invaluable help/debugging and for suggestions:

Thanks to KimStorm for beta-test and for suggestions:

Thanks to:

Frederic Corne <frederic.corne@erli.fr> – print-nt.el
Tom Vogels <tov@ece.cmu.edu> – mh-e-init.el
Matthew O. Persico <mpersico@erols.com> – win32-ps-print.el
Volker Franz <volker.franz@tuebingen.mpg.de> – ps-print-interface.el

And to all people who contributed with them.

See Also


Inbox

Please, put here your comments, suggestions, doubts, improvements, etc.

How can I specify a printer (e.g. PostScript) using its IP address (URL)? For example, if all I know it that the printer is at foo.my.company.com, how do I specify that in ‘pr-txt-printer-alist’ and ‘pr-ps-printer-alist’? I’m using MS Windows, but the network printer in question is not a Windows share (i.e. not of the form \\printers\pname). – DrewAdams

First of all, I think the printer must be added to your TCP/IP printer in your Windows.
Maybe the following link can help you to do this:
http://www-jerry.oit.duke.edu/community/howto/pc/add_tcpip_printer.html
Hmm, after the steps above you’ll have a local printer pointing to your TCP/IP:port printer.
Maybe it’ll be better to do a test in a DOS prompt window:
copy file LPT1 /B
or
print /D:LPT1 file
Note: in the example above LPT1 should be a free driver before the association with the TCP/IP:port printer.
If it’s all right, just change your PrintingPackage setting, probably adding one more entry for this new printer.
ViniciusJoseLatorre
PS: I’m not a MS Windows user, so, maybe some extra steps should be done. Can someone else help? 😊

Thanks, but I tried that, as I mentioned by email.

LPT1 is not free, however; it is assigned to a real local printer. I have several such “IP” printers that I need to be able to print to. I have no problem using them in any other application, besides Emacs.

Seems like there should be a way to do as in other apps. Both of these would be welcome:

  • Call up (from Emacs) the Windows printer selection dialog box, and then use whatever printer you choose that way.
  • Print using the default printer (default for Windows).

I’ve been using Emacs and printing.el fine for years to print to shared network printers (e.g. \\foo\bar\...). But now my company is replacing all of those with printers configured using just an IP address, as I described. I hope some solution becomes available. Otherwise, I’ll end up printing listings with TextPad or something. ;-) – Thx, DrewAdams

Isn’t it clear from the discussions that Eli and I have had on Emacs Devel that printing on MS Windows is broken? It happens to work sometimes but there is absolutely no guarantee. That is why I wrote the routines to print through the web browser. (They are part of nXhtml.)

Or, you can use ghostscript, see http://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/PrintingFromEmacs.

LennartBorgman

Lennart, I don’t want to get into a polemic about this. I think you’re changing the subject, at least in part, if not a great deal. printing.el and ps-print work fine, for me at least. Let’s not throw out the baby with the bathwater.

I do not want this discussion to be diverted to something off-track and more general. I sinned I guess by raising a more general question, but I’ll retract it from this discussion, since I don’t want to lose track of the immediate issue.

My immediate need is simply to be able to register an IP printer with printing.el. There might be a way to do it, or perhaps that could be added if it doesn’t yet exist.

Beyond that, it’s true that I asked the question whether Emacs couldn’t move toward working with the normal MS Windows print dialogs: (a) let you choose a printer using the standard dialog (outside Emacs) and have Emacs use that choice, and (b) be able to use the default printer, as set up in Windows in the usual way (outside Emacs).

Those two concerns I raised, my immediate request and my question about a possible major new feature, do not, I think, have much, if anything, to do with your arguments that Emacs “printing is broken” on Windows. But I admit that I didn’t follow that thread much, so I might be mistaken that you have changed the subject completely.

In any case, I would like to curb the subject here to my immediate need, which is to be able to use printing.el and ps-print with an IP printer. As to any more general discussion, including the question I raised about using the normal Windows printer interface, we should take that elsewhere – e.g. to emacs-devel@gnu.org. Thanks. – DrewAdams

Ok, but my comments has nothing to do with printing.el etc. It is about the ability to send data to the printer, setting the printer mode etc. Good luck. – LennartBorgman

Hi Drew,
Maybe there is another solution.
Could you try to use the package Lisp:ipp.el ?
This package allows to use printer located as ipp://some.host.ip:port/.
Please, let me know the results.
ViniciusJoseLatorre
PS: If it works, I’ll have to modify PrintingPackage.

Thanks, Vinicius, but I couldn’t figure out how to use it, or get it to work. I tried various formats, including the one you mention. Nada. I tried telnetting to the printer using port 631 and also using the port it is configured with. Nada. I tried to email EricMarsden to ask for some more info, but the email bounced. Basically, I don’t really know what I’m doing. ;-) – DrewAdams

My bad: actually, something was printed, but not correctly. I’ll follow up with you by email, Vinicius. Thanks for your help. – DrewAdams


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