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Re: lpr-switches and postscript printer question

From: Reiner Steib
Subject: Re: lpr-switches and postscript printer question
Date: Thu, 05 Sep 2002 21:09:24 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.090008 (Oort Gnus v0.08) Emacs/21.3.50 (i586-pc-linux-gnu)

On Thu, Sep 05 2002, bob sullivan wrote:

> I'm using UNIX and emacs 19.34. How would I use (setq '(lpr-switches
> ... ) to print to a postscript printer using a particular font, say
> 6x13bold?

I don't remember how emacs 19.34 used to handle printing. Emacs 19.34
is at least 7 years old, so you (or your SysAdmin) should definitely
upgrade to 21.2!

But I have access to such an antique Emacs too. The help says:

| print-buffer: an interactive autoloaded Lisp function.
| Print buffer contents as with Unix command `lpr -p'.
| `lpr-switches' is a list of extra switches (strings) to pass to lpr.

If your system's printing system has such option(s) for lpr, you may
use (setq lpr-switches (list "-some" "-switch" "-here")). See the
man pages for lpr (or lp) on your system.

For modern Emacsen: I think you cannot modify the font with
lpr-switches because the printer just prints the PostScript file
generated by Emacs, nothing more. You have to modify the variables
defined in `ps-print.el'. You can (after loading `ps-print.el',
e.g. `M-x load-library ps-print RET') customize the variables easily:
`M-x customize-group ps-print RET'.

Bye, Reiner.
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