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filter - cups file conversion filter interfaces
filter job user title num-copies options [ filename ]
The CUPS filter interface provides a standard method for adding support for new document
types to CUPS. Each filter is capable of converting from one or more input formats to
another format that can either be printed directly or piped into another filter to get it
to a printable format.
Filters must be capable of reading from a filename on the command-line or from the stan-
dard input, copying the standard input to a temporary file as required by the file format.
All output must be sent to the standard output.
The command name (argv) is set to the name of the destination printer.
The following environment variables are defined by the CUPS server when executing each
The default text character set (typically us-ascii or iso-8859-1).
When a job is submitted to a printer class, contains the name of the destination
printer class. Otherwise this environment variable will not be set.
The MIME type associated with the file (e.g. application/postscript).
The directory where data files can be found.
The root directory of the server.
The device-uri associated with the printer.
The default language locale (typically C or en).
The standard execution path for external programs that may be run by the filter.
The full pathname of the PostScript Printer Description (PPD) file for this printer.
The name of the printer; this is provided for shell scripts which may not be able to
get the passed argv string.
The recommended amount of memory to use for Raster Image Processors (RIPs).
The name and version number of the server (typically CUPS/1.1).
The timezone of the server.
The user executing the filter (typically lp).
While the filter interface is compatible with System V interface scripts, it will only
work with the System V interface script as the only filter. Typically the interface
script will be provided via the lpadmin(8) command using the -i option.
backend(1), cupsd(8), CUPS Interface Design Description, CUPS Software Administrators Man-
ual, CUPS Software Programmers Manual, http://localhost:631/documentation.html
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