Linux Commands Examples

A great documentation place for Linux commands


Convert Postscript into a ZJS printer stream

see also : foo2hbpl2 - hbpldecode


foo2hbpl2-wrapper [options] [ps-file]

add an example, a script, a trick and tips

: email address (won't be displayed)
: name

Step 2

Thanks for this example ! - It will be moderated and published shortly.

Feel free to post other examples
Oops ! There is a tiny cockup. A damn 404 cockup. Please contact the loosy team who maintains and develops this wonderful site by clicking in the mighty feedback button on the side of the page. Say what happened. Thanks!



Create a monochrome ZjStream from a Postscript document, examine it, and then print it using a RAW print queue:

foo2hbpl2-wrapper > testpage.prn
hbpl2decode < testpage.prn
lpr -P raw testpage.prn

Create a color ZjStream stream from a Postscript document:

foo2hbpl2-wrapper -c > testpage.prn


foo2hbpl2-wrapper is a Foomatic compatible printer wrapper for the foo2hbpl2 printer driver. This script reads a Postscript ps-file or standard input and converts it to Zenographics ZjStream printer format for driving the Dell 1355, Fuji Xerox DocuPrint CM205, and Xerox WorkCentre 6015 MFP printers.

This script can be used in a standalone fashion, but is intended to be called from a printer spooler system which uses the Foomatic printer database.

command line options

Normal Options
These are the options used to select the parameters of a print job that are usually controlled on a per job basis.


Print in color (else monochrome).

-C colormode

Color correction mode [0].

Image grohtml-230371.png

-d duplex

Duplex code to send to printer [1].

Image grohtml-230372.png

-m media

Media code to send to printer [1].

Image grohtml-230373.png

-p paper

Paper size code to send to printer [1].

Image grohtml-230374.png

-n copies

Number of copies [1].

-r xresxyres

Set device resolution in pixels/inch [1200x600].

-s source

Source (Input Slot) code to send to printer [7].

Image grohtml-230375.png


Draft mode. Every other pixel is white.

-T density

Print density (1-5). The default is 3 (medium).

-2 -3 -4 -5 -6 -8 -9 -10 -12 -14 -15 -16 -18

Print in N-up. Requires the psutils package.

-o orient

Orientation used for N-up.

Image grohtml-230376.png

Printer Tweaking Options
These are the options used to customize the operation of foo2hbpl2 for a particular printer.

Set the offset of the start of the printable region from the upper left corner, in pixels [varies with paper size]. The defaults should work on the 2200DL and 2300DL, and have not been tested on any other printers.

-l xoffxyoff

Set the offset of the end of the printable region from the lower right corner, in pixels [varies with paper size]. The defaults should work on the 2200DL and 2300DL, and have not been tested on any other printers.

-L mask

Send the logical clipping values from -u/-l in the ZjStream. foo2hbpl2-wrapper always runs Ghostscript with the ideal page dimensions, so that the scale of the image is correct, regardless whether or not the printer has unprintable regions. This option is used to move the position of the clipped image back to where it belongs on the page. The default is to send the amount which was clipped by -u and -l, and should be good in most cases.

Image grohtml-230377.png


Do not send START_PLANE codes on monochrome output. May be needed by some monochrome-only printers, such as the HP LaserJet 1000.

-X padlen

Add extra zero padding to the end of BID segments. The default is 16 bytes. Padding 16 bytes of zeroes is needed for older ZjStream printers, such as the Minolta 2200DL and HP LaserJet 1000, and seems harmless to newer ones, such as the Minolta 2300DL. So the default should be good for all cases.

Color Tweaking Options
These are the options used to control the quality of color output. Color correction is currently a WORK IN PROGRESS.

Additional options to pass to Ghostscript, such as -g“-dDITHERPPI=nnn”, etc. This option may appear more than once.

-G profile.icm

Convert profile.icm to a Postscript color rendering dictionary (CRD) using foo2zjs-icc2ps and adjust the printer colors by using the Postscript setcolorrendering operator. (WORK IN PROGRESS).


Prepend to the Postscript input to perform color correction using the setcolortransfer Postscript operator. For example, the file might contain:
{0.333 exp} {0.333 exp} {0.333 exp} {0.333 exp} setcolortransfer

-I intent

Select profile intent from the ICM file. 0=Perceptual, 1=Colorimetric, 2=Saturation, 3=Absolute. Default is 0 (perceptual).

Debugging Options
These options are used for debugging foo2hbpl2 and its wrapper.

Output just a single color plane from a color print and print it on the black plane. The default is to output all color planes.

Image grohtml-230378.png

-D level

Set Debug level [0].



see also

foo2hbpl2 , hbpldecode


Rick Richardson <rick.richardson[:at:]comcast[:dot:]net>

How can this site be more helpful to YOU ?

give  feedback