Provided by: apsfilter_7.2.6-2_all bug


     aps2file — printing to a file via apsfilter


     aps2file [-D] [-Pqueue] [-Zoptions] [-ooutput] [input]
     aps2file [-h]


     With aps2file you can direct the printer data generated by apsfilter(1) into an arbitrary
     file without the use of a spooler.


     -h          show help screen
     -D          enable debug mode
     -Pqueue     select a printer queue (different from the default one)
     -Zoptions   use apsfilter command line options (comma-separated list)
     -ooutput    direct data stream to output (default: stdout)
     input       read data from input (default: stdin)

     Unlike printing with lpr(1), you can only use one input file at a time.

     Using aps2file is also the recommended way to create a debugging log of a failed printing
     attempt. If you include the -D flag, the apsfilter shell script will log every command and
     print it to stderr.  To save the output for inclusion into a bug report, you should
     therefore use a command of the sort
           aps2file -D -o /dev/null [-P...] [-Z...] [input] 2> log.txt


     aps2file only works correctly with entries in /etc/printcap that have been created by


     /etc/printcap                       printer capability data base
     /usr/share/apsfilter/bin/apsfilter  apsfilter script


     apsfilter(1), apsfilter-bug(1), apspreview(1), apsfilterrc(5), printcap(5)


     See apsfilter software center - - for new versions, bugfixes and
     known bugs.

     Please use the new tool apsfilter-bug(1) to release bug- or problem reports. It
     automatically presents you a form in an editor window which asks you some standard
     questions.  If you save and quit the editor session, then this report is sent automatically
     via e-mail to the proper apsfilter mailinglist.

     If apsfilter fails to print something or prints it in a way you wouldn't expect and you want
     to report an apsfilter error then please save the debugging output of one print session
     using the new aps2file(1) utility by typing aps2file -D -Z options file > /dev/null 2>
     file.debug and including the debugging output in the file file.debug into the edit session
     of the apsfilter-bug utility, so that it is included into the mail to the apsfilter

     Please note that you need to run /bin/sh (Bourne Shell), bash or a compatible shell, so that
     the above mentioned output redirection works. Under C-shell (/bin/csh) or tcsh it would't
     work. If you don't know, then simply make sure you use the Bournce shell by typing /bin/sh
     or bash, then you should have no problems with redirection of stdout and stderr (> /dev/null
     2> file.debug).


     See official apsfilter homepage   Apsfilter Handbook including the Frequently Asked
                                              Questions (FAQ)


     Please send questions to the official apsfilter help channel
     The above section BUGS and the file HOWTO-BUGREPORTS tells you how to report bugs.  If you
     want to know how to troubleshoot your apsfilter installation, please read the manpage
     aps2file(1) and apsfilter-bug(1) as well as the Apsfilter Handbook carefully.


     The aps2file manpage has been written by Michael Loßin <> and first appeared
     in apsfilter V 7.1.0.