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Old 08-27-2010, 12:55 PM   #1
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a2ps - How to get 80 rows by 130 columns

I have been messing with a2ps in order to print a text file I have that has 130 columns by 80 rows per page. It appears that a2ps automatically scales the number of rows based upon the number of columns I try to print.

For example,
a2ps --columns=1 --rows=1 --portrait --lines-per-page=80 --chars-per-line=130 file.txt -o - | ps2pdf - file.pdf

The file prints properly for the columns but a2ps scales the rows to be 97 rows per page. So the 80 rows print but the next 17 rows are blank. It is not scaling the font for for 80 rows.

I hope this makes sense.

Old 08-28-2010, 12:06 PM   #2
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I did not look exhaustively into this, but I got marginally-OK results from:
a2ps -1 --landscape --lines-per-page=80 --chars-per-line=200
although the cpl could have been slightly smaller for this run.

You may have noticed that there is a relationship between the lpp and the cpl: if the cpl is about right (say 130), then the lpp are too few. Using portrait as opposed to landscape is way too small -- for my eyes as well as for my oldish laser printer.

You may need to do some trial and error, although perhaps someone may stop by with some words of wisdom.

I assume that, like me, you have a kind of template file set up, 130 X 80, on which to test your experiments.

Best wishes ... cheers, makyo


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