Command line printing

Carsten Aulbert carsten at
Fri Dec 29 15:36:01 UTC 2006

Shu Hung (Koala) wrote:
> Hello all,

> Does anyone know how to use terminal command to print a:
> (1) Microsoft Document
> (2) Adobe Acrobat (PDF) file
> (3) graphics (e.g GIF, JPEG, TIFF)

I think the safest option is to convert the data first to postscript, e.g.

(1) Use wordview (package named wv), but this needs tetex(-extra) to be
(2) pdf2ps should take care of this. However, CUPS (standard printer
daemon for *ubuntu) has a native filter for pdf files, thus printing it
directly *should* work
(3) I think CUPS handles that as well natively, but I don't know and
have next to nothing experience with this (except using convert from the
imagemagick packages for converting the picture into PS or EPS before


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