printing signs from command line

Jude DaShiell jdashiel at
Mon Aug 3 21:31:03 UTC 2009

A sighted friend had a look at cat biglots.txt | lpr.  The amount of lines 
was correct but not all the characters made it through.  No consistency in 
what was stripped either.  I tried a2ps -Eplain -v -B --borders=no 
biglots.txt because those parameters were in /etc/a2ps.cfg on the User 
Option: lp line.  What came back was no "print" mailcap rule for 
Plain/text exists as an error.

On Mon, 3 Aug 2009, Terry Klarich wrote:

> On Fri, 31 Jul 2009 04:54:58 -0400 (EDT)you write:
> Your ppd file should handle all the details.
> Terry
>> One big difference between dos and Linux is when dos prints out an ascii
>> file, it prints out an ascii file.  Linux uses Unicode and maybe a little
>> too loosely for this particular printer's tastes.  That would explain
>> possibly why dos can print correctly and so far Linux cannot.  Maybe
>> there's a filter to copy unicode over to ascii but I don't know for sure.
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