foo2slx man page

foo2slx — Convert Ghostscript pbmraw or bitcmyk format into a SLX printer stream


foo2slx [options] <pbmraw-file >slx-file

foo2slx [options] <bitcmyk-file >slx-file

foo2slx [options] <pksmraw-file >slx-file


foo2slx converts Ghostscript pbmraw, bitcmyk, or pksmraw output formats to monochrome or color SLX streams, for driving the Lexmark C500 network color laser printer and other SLZ-based printers.  The SLX stream is a variant of ZjStream produced by Software Imaging K.K.

Command Line Options

Normal Options

These are the options used to select the parameters of a print job that are usually controlled on a per job basis.


Force color mode if autodetect doesn't work.

-g xpixxypix

Set page dimensions in pixels [10200x6600].

-m media

Media code to send to printer [0].

Media SLX
plain 0
transparency 1
labels 2
thick1 3
envelope1 4
thin 5
thick2 6
envelope2 7
middle 8
special 9
-p paper

Paper code to send to printer [6].

6 letter 2 A4
9 legal 4 B5
8 executive 5 B5iso
10 env #10 11 env DL
-n copies

Number of copies [1].

-r xresxyres

Set device resolution in pixels/inch [1200x600].

-s source

Source (InputSlot) code to send to printer [0].

0 auto 1 cassette1

Printer Tweaking Options

These are the options used to customize the operation of foo2slx for a particular printer.

-u xoffxyoff

Set the offset of the start of the printable region from the upper left corner, in pixels [0x0].

-l xoffxyoff

Set the offset of the end of the printable region from the lower right corner, in pixels [0x0].

-L mask

Send logical clipping amounts implied by -u/-l in the ZjStream [3].

0 don't send any logical clipping amounts
1 only send Y clipping amount
2 only send X clipping amount
3 send both X and Y clipping amounts

AllIsBlack: convert C=1,M=1,Y=1 to just K=1.  Works with bitcmyk input only.


BlackClears: K=1 forces C,M,Y to 0.  Works with bitcmyk input only.

Debugging Options

These options are used for debugging foo2slx.

-S plane

Output just a single color plane from a color print and print it on the black plane.  The default is to output all color planes.

1 Cyan
2 Magenta
3 Yellow
4 Black
-D level

Set Debug level [0].


Create a black and white SLX stream:

    -sPAPERSIZE=letter -r1200x600 -sDEVICE=pbmraw  
    -sOutputFile=- - <  
| foo2slx -r1200x600 -g10200x6600 -p1 >

Create a color SLX stream:

    -sPAPERSIZE=letter -g10200x6600 -r1200x600 -sDEVICE=bitcmyk  
    -sOutputFile=- - <  
| foo2slx -r1200x600 -g10200x6600 -p1 >testpage.zc



See Also

foo2slx-wrapper(1), slxdecode(1)


Rick Richardson <>

Referenced By

foo2slx-wrapper(1), slxdecode(1).

Fri Feb 10 16:06:57 2017 foo2slx 0.0