foomatic-compiledb man page

foomatic-compiledb — Compile the Foomatic printer/driver database


foomatic-compiledb [ -t type ] [ -f ] [ -j n ] [ driver ... ]


foomatic-compiledb generates all PPD files or Foomatic combo XML files for all possible printer/driver combos, or only for a selected range of drivers. It generally should not be necessary except for people who want to generate a set of Foomatic data files for distribution. For configuring single printers foomatic-ppdfile(1) and especially foomatic-configure(1) will automagically compute just what they need.


-t type
Output file type, either ppd or xml.
Force: Write into the destination directory even if it already exists.
-j n
n = number of work processes to run
driver ...
only generate data files for these driver(s)

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Exit Status

foomatic-compiledb returns 0 unless something unexpected happens.


Manfred Wassmann <manolo@NCC-1701.B.Shuttle.de> and Till Kamppeter <till.kamppeter@gmail.com> for the foomatic project using output from the associated binary.


Existing files are always conserved instead of older files being overwritten. So deleting the destination directory (rm -rf dir) and calling foomatic-compiledb without the -f option is recommended.

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