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Convert Postscript into a QPDL printer stream

see also : foo2qpdl - qpdldecode


foo2qpdl-wrapper [options] [ps-file]

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

foo2qpdl-wrapper >
qpdldecode <
lpr -P raw

Create a color QPDL stream from a Postscript document:

foo2qpdl-wrapper -c > testpage.zc

WRAPPER="foo2qpdl-wrapper $RES_r -z0 -c -C10 -Gnone.icm"
OUT="nc 9100 < xxx.prn"
OUT="nc 9100 < xxx.prn"
WRAPPER="foo2qpdl-wrapper $RES_r -z2 -c -C10 -Gnone.icm"
OUT="root cp xxx.prn /dev/usb/lp1"


foo2qpdl-wrapper is a Foomatic compatible printer wrapper for the foo2qpdl printer driver. This script reads a Postscript ps-file or standard input and converts it to Samsung/Xerox QPDL printer format for driving the Samsung CLP-300, CLX-2160, CLX-3160, CLP-315, CLX-3175, CLP-600, CLP-610, and Xerox Phaser 6110 QPDL 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].

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-d duplex

Duplex code to send to printer [1].

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-m media

Media code to send to printer [0].

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-p paper

Paper size code to send to printer [0].

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-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 [255].

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Draft mode. Every other pixel is white.

-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.

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Printer Tweaking Options
These are the options used to customize the operation of foo2qpdl 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].

-l xoffxyoff

Set the offset of the end of the printable region from the lower right corner, in pixels [varies with paper size].

-L mask

Send the logical clipping values from -u/-l in the QPDL stream. foo2qpdl-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.

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-z model

Printer model. Model 0 is the default.

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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 foo2qpdl 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.

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-D level

Set Debug level [0].



see also

foo2qpdl , qpdldecode


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

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