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OpenSolaris 2009.06 - man page for postio (opensolaris section 1)

postio(1)				  User Commands 				postio(1)

       postio - serial interface for PostScript printers

       postio -l line [-D] [-i] [-q] [-t] [-S] [-b speed] [-B num]
	    [-L file] [-P string] [-R num] [file]...


       postio  sends  files to the PostScript printer attached to line. If no files are specified
       the standard input is sent.

       The first group of options should be sufficient for most applications:

       -D	    Enable debug mode. Guarantees that everything read on line will be	added  to
		    the log file (standard error by default).

       -q	    Prevents  status queries while files are being sent to the printer. When sta-
		    tus queries are disabled a dummy message is appended to the log  file  before
		    each block is transmitted.

       -b speed     Transmit  data  over line at baud rate speed. Recognized baud rates are 1200,
		    2400, 4800, 9600, and 19200. The default speed is  9600 baud.

       -B num	    Set the internal buffer size for reading and writing files to num  bytes.  By
		    default num is  2048 bytes.

       -l line	    Connect  to  the  printer attached to line. In most cases there is no default
		    and postio must be able to read and write line. If the line  does  not  begin
		    with a / it may be treated as a Datakit destination.

       -L file	    Data  received  on	line  gets  put in file. The default log file is standard
		    error. Printer or status messages that don't show a change in state  are  not
		    normally written to file but can be forced out using the -D option.

       -P string    Send  string to the printer before any of the input files. The default string
		    is simple PostScript code that disables timeouts.

       -R num	    Run postio as a single process if num is 1 or as separate read and write pro-
		    cesses if num is 2. By default postio runs as a single process.

       The next two options are provided for users who expect to run postio on their own. Neither
       is suitable for use in spooler interface programs:

       -i    Run the program in interactive mode. Any files are sent first and	followed  by  the
	     standard  input.  Forces  separate read and write processes and overrides many other
	     options. To exit interactive mode use your interrupt or quit  character.  To  get	a
	     friendly interactive connection with the printer type executive on a line by itself.

       -t    Data received on line and not recognized as printer or status information is written
	     to the standard output. Forces separate read and write processes. Convenient if  you
	     have a PostScript program that will be returning useful data to the host.

       The  last option is not generally recommended and should only be used if all else fails to
       provide a reliable connection:

       -S    Slow the transmission of data to the printer. Severely limits throughput, runs as	a
	     single  process,  disables  the  -q  option, limits the internal buffer size to 1024
	     bytes, can use an excessive amount of CPU time,  and  does  nothing  in  interactive

       The  best  performance  will  usually be obtained by using a large internal buffer (the -B
       option) and by running the program as separate read and write processes (the -R 2 option).
       Inability  to fork the additional process causes postio to continue as a single read/write
       process. When one process is used, only data sent to the printer is flow controlled.

       The options are not all mutually exclusive. The -i option always wins,  selecting its  own
       settings  for  whatever	is  needed  to run interactive mode, independent of anything else
       found on the command line. Interactive mode runs as separate read and write processes  and
       few  of	the  other  options  accomplish anything in the presence of the -i option. The -t
       option  needs a reliable two way connection to the printer and therefore  tries	to  force
       separate  read and write processes. The -S option relies on the status query mechanism, so
       -q is disabled and the program runs as a single process.

       In most cases postio starts by making a connection to line and then attempts to force  the
       printer	into the  IDLE state by sending an appropriate sequence of  ^T (status query), ^C
       (interrupt), and  ^D (end of job) characters. When the printer goes IDLE, files are trans-
       mitted  along  with an occasional  ^T (unless the -q option was used). After all the files
       are sent the program waits until it's reasonably sure the job is complete. Printer  gener-
       ated error messages received at any time  except while establishing the initial connection
       (or when running interactive mode) cause  postio to exit with a non-zero status. In  addi-
       tion  to  being	added to the log file, printer error messages are also echoed to standard

       Example 1 Examples of the postio command.

       Run as a single process at 9600 baud and send  file1 and file2 to the printer attached  to

	 example% postio -l /dev/tty01 file1 file2

       Same as above except two processes are used, the internal buffer is set to 4096 bytes, and
       data returned by the printer gets put in file log:

	 example% postio -R 2 -B 4096 -l/dev/tty01 -L log file1 file2

       Establish an interactive connection with  the printer at Datakit destination my/printer:

	 example% postio -i -l my/printer

       Send file program to the printer connected  to	/dev/tty22,  recover  any  data  in  file
       results,  and put log messages in file log:

	 example% postio -t -l /dev/tty22 -L log program >results

       The following exit values are returned:

       0	   Successful completion.

       non-zero    An error occurred.

       See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:

       |      ATTRIBUTE TYPE	     |	    ATTRIBUTE VALUE	   |
       |Availability		     |SUNWpsf			   |

       download(1),  dpost(1), postdaisy(1), postdmd(1), postmd(1), postprint(1), postreverse(1),
       posttek(1), attributes(5)

       The input files are handled as a single PostScript job. Sending	several  different  jobs,
       each with their own internal end of job mark (^D) is not guaranteed to work properly. pos-
       tio may quit before all the jobs have completed and could be restarted before the last one

       All  the capabilities described above may not be available on every machine or even across
       the different versions of the UNIX system that are currently supported by the program.

       There may be no default line, so using the -l option  is strongly recommended. If omitted,
       postio  may  attempt  to  connect  to the printer using the standard output. If Datakit is
       involved,  the -b option may be ineffective  and attempts by postio to impose flow control
       over  data  in both directions may not work. The -q option can help if the printer is con-
       nected to RADIAN. The -S option	is not generally recommended and should be used  only  if
       all other attempts to establish a reliable connection fail.

SunOS 5.11				    9 Sep 1996					postio(1)

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