Printing a poster or sign
Enscript is useful for making a quick-and-dirty sign from a text file. For example, suppose the text file "sign" contains the following text:
CAUTION WET PAINT!
You can print a sign out of it by specifying a large font, such as Helvetica Bold at 72 points, and omitting the default headers:
$ enscript -B -f "Helvetica-Bold72" sign RET
Getting fancy with headers
You can customize the header text by quoting the text you want to use as an argument to the -b option. Use the special symbol "$%" to specify the current page. For example:
$ enscript -b "Page $% of the annual report" report.txt RET
Use the -G option to output text with graphic headers, with the header text set in blocks of various shades of grey. You can create your own custom fancy headers, too -- the way to do this is described in the CUSTOMIZATION section of the enscript man page.
Outputting in landscape mode
To output text in landscape mode -- where the entire text is
rotated 90 degrees counterclockwise -- use the
To print the contents of the text file report.txt in landscape mode and with text set in 28-point Times Roman, type:
$ enscript -r -f "Times-Roman28" report.txt RET
Selecting the pages to output
To specify which pages are output, give the range of number(s) as
arguments to the
-a option. To print just the odd or even pages, use
even arguments. This is good for printing
double-sided pages: first print the odd, and then feed the output
pages back into the printer and print the even.
For example, to print the odd pages of the text file report.txt, type:
$ enscript -a odd report.txt RET
Then, to print the even, type:
$ enscript -a even report.txt RET
Enscript recognizes the formatting of more than 40 languages and formats, from the Perl and C programming languages to HTML, and can highlight portions of the text based on its syntax; there's also one for email and news articles, called "mail", that highlights the message header lines. In Unix-speak, this is called "pretty-printing."
Give the name of the language or format with the
-E option (be
careful not to put a space between the E and the language name). For
example, to pretty-print the HTML file index.html, type:
$ enscript -Ehtml index.html RET
To pretty-print an email saved to the file "important-mail", type:
$ enscript -Email important-mail RET