pap - download files to or communicate interactively with an AppleTalk network connected
/usr/sbin/pap [ -d ] [ -p printer ] [ -s statusfile ] [ files ]
pap is used to connect and send files to an AppleTalk connected printer using the Apple
Printer Access Protocol (PAP). pap can also be used to conduct an interactive session
with a PostScript printer. When pap starts execution, it first tries obtain the status of
the printer. It then tries to open a session with the printer using PAP, and then down-
loads the files to the printer.
If no files are given on the command line, pap begins reading from standard input.
If no printer is specified on the command line, pap looks for a file called .paprc in the
current directory and reads it to obtain the name of a printer. The .paprc file should
contain a single line of the form object:type@zone where each of object, :type, and @zone
are optional. type and zone must be proceeded by `:' and `@' respectively. Lines the
begin with a `#' are ignored. type and zone default to LaserWriter and the zone of the
local host, respectively.
Note that pap is designed to be useful as a communication filter for sending lpd(8)
spooled print jobs to AppleTalk connected printers. See psf(8) for hints on how to use it
Connect to the printer named printer (do not consult the .paprc file to find a
printer name). The syntax for printer is the same as discussed above for the
Update the file called statusfile to contain the most recent status message from
the printer. pap gets the status from the printer when it is waiting for the
printer to process input. The statusfile will contain a single line terminated
with a newline. This is useful when pap is invoked by lpd(8) within lpd's spool
Take cuts. The PAP protocol specified a simple queuing procedure, such that the
clients tell the printer how long they've been waiting to print. This option
causes pap to lie about how long it's been waiting.
Send stdout to stderr. This causes information that the printer returns to be
recorded as error output for lpd.
Don't wait for EOF from the printer. This option is useful for printers which
don't implement PAP correctly. In a correct implementation, the client side should
wait for the printer to return EOF before closing the connection. Some clients
don't wait, and hence some printers have related bugs in their implementation.
Wait for the printer's status to contain the word "waiting" before sending the job.
This is to defeat printer-side spool available on HP IV and V printers.
.paprc file that contains printer name
~/.paprc secondary file to look in for printer name
nbp(1), pap(4), lpd(8), papstatus(8), psf(8).
pap will send a quit command to exit interactive mode when it gets an end-of-file on a
tty. If the user has already typed quit themselves, the quit that pap sends is spurious
and will cause a PostScript error. The fix would be for pap to watch what the user types
and look for quit, but this is impractical.
netatalk 1.2 13 Dec 1991 PAP(8)