pbm2ppa man page

pbm2ppa — convert portable bitmap (PBM) to HP's Printing Performance Architecture (PPA) file format


pbm2ppa [options] [ <infile] > [ <outfile]> ] ]


Reads portable bitmap (PBM) format as input. Outputs a stream suitable for processing by Hewlett-Packard's range of Printing Performance Architecture (PPA) printers. pnm2ppa supports the HP 710c, 712c, 720c, 722c, 820c, and 1000c series printers.

(Portable bitmap (PBM) format output can be produced from PostScript(tm) input by the GhostScript driver "pbmraw".)


Input file infile is either a path to a file or device, or '-' to indicate stdin (defaults to stdin)
Output file outfile is either a path to a file or device, or '-' to indicate stdout (defaults to stdout)
-b bottommargin
Sets the bottom margin bottommargin in units of 1/600 inches (e.g., -b 150 = 0.25")
Displays the current configuration
-f configfile
Overrides reading the configuration from /etc/pnm2ppa.conf, and uses configfile instead.
Displays program usage
-l leftmargin
Sets the left margin leftmargin in units of 1/600 inches (e.g., -l 150 = 0.25")
-r rightmargin
Sets the right margin rightmargin in units of 1/600 inches (e.g., -r 150 = 0.25")
-s papersize
Sets the paper size. Possible values for papersize are a4 (A4), letter or us (US Letter, 8.5"x11"), and legal (US Legal, 8.5"x14"). The default is US Letter.
-t topmargin
Sets the top margin topmargin in units of 1/600 inches (ie -t 150 = 0.25")
-v printertype
Selects the printer model. Possible values of printertype are: 710, 712, 720, 722, 820 and 1000. The default is the HP DeskJet 7X0 Series (710, 712, 720, 722).
-x xoffset
Sets the x-offset xoffset from the left of the page. Units are 1/600 inches
-y yoffset
Sets the y-offset yoffset from the top of the page. Units are 1/600 inches


The configuration file is read in first. Command line arguments then modify the resulting definitions.

The -x and -y options accumulate. The -v option resets all definitions back to an inbuilt default for that printer and should be used before subsequent -b -l -r, -t, -x, and -y arguments.

See Also



Default configuration file


This code is licensed under the GNU Public License version 2. See LICENSE for details.

(c) 1998 Tim Norman


This program was written by Tim Norman. It originally supported black and white output on the 820 series. This program is almost obsolete; its successor pnm2ppa will support color printing.


This is a stable driver, but does not support color printing.


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