Provided by: lpr_2005.05.01_i386
pac - printer/plotter accounting information
pac [-cmrs] [-Pprinter] [-pprice] [user ...]
pac reads the printer/plotter accounting files, accumulating the number
of pages (the usual case) or feet (for raster devices) of paper consumed
by each named user, and prints out how much each user consumed in pages
or feet and dollars.
When no user arguments are given, statistics are printed for every user
who has used any paper.
The options are as follows:
Accounting is done for the named printer. Normally, accounting
is done for the default printer (site dependent) or the value of
the environment variable PRINTER is used.
-c Causes the output to be sorted by cost; usually the output is
sorted alphabetically by name.
-m Causes the host name to be ignored in the accounting file. This
allows for a user on multiple machines to have all of his
printing charges grouped together.
The value price is used for the cost in dollars instead of the
default value of 0.02 or the price specified in /etc/printcap.
-r Reverse the sorting order.
-s Accounting information is summarized on the summary accounting
file; this summarization is necessary since on a busy system, the
accounting file can grow by several lines per day.
pac formats the output into a simple table, using four columns:
1. The host name followed by the user’s login name (column "Login").
If the -m option was specified, the host name will be omitted.
2. The number of pages or feet printed (column "pages/feet").
3. The number of copies made (column "runs").
4. The total price for the user (column "price").
If no user argument was specified, pac will print a summary line with
/var/account/?acct raw accounting files
/var/account/?_sum summary accounting files
/etc/printcap printer capability database
The pac command appeared in 4.0BSD.
The relationship between the computed price and reality is as yet