apspreview(1) preview PostScript file(s) as generated by apsfilter


apspreview [-P queue ] [-Z options ] [input... ]
apspreview [-h ]


With apspreview you can create a PostScript representation of the file(s) you are about to print in order to check it before actually printing.

Your file(s) will be converted to PostScript according to the queue specific configuration, and afterwards you will be able to print all or some pages from your PostScript viewer application (gv, kghostview or ghostview).


show help screen
-P queue
select a printer queue (different from the default one)
-Z options
use apsfilter command line options (comma-separated list)
input file(s) [default: stdin]


If you use the -P option, please remember to pass the same printer queue on to the lpr(1) command.

Be careful if your printer queue configuration includes a setting to create multiple pages per sheet (PS_NUP=2, PS_NUP=4 or PS_NUP=8) In order to make sure that apsfilter(1) does not repeat n-up printing, use the 1pps command line option when actually printing the file.

apspreview only works correctly with entries in /etc/printcap that have been created by /usr/share/apsfilter/SETUP. All configuration settings will be copied from the relevant apsfilterrc files.


printer capability data base
apsfilter script
tool to save apsfilter output to a file


See apsfilter software center - http://www.apsfilter.org/ - for new versions, bugfixes and known bugs.

Please use the new tool apsfilter-bug1 to release bug- or problem reports. It automatically presents you a form in an editor window which asks you some standard questions. If you save and quit the editor session, then this report is sent automatically via e-mail to the proper apsfilter mailinglist.

If apsfilter fails to print something or prints it in a way you wouldn't expect and you want to report an apsfilter error then please save the debugging output of one print session using the new aps2file(1) utility by typing aps2file -D -Z options file > /dev/null 2> file.debug and including the debugging output in the file file.debug into the edit session of the apsfilter-bug utility, so that it is included into the mail to the apsfilter mailinglist.

Please note that you need to run /bin/sh (Bourne Shell), bash or a compatible shell, so that the above mentioned output redirection works. Under C-shell (/bin/csh) or tcsh it would't work. If you don't know, then simply make sure you use the Bournce shell by typing /bin/sh or bash then you should have no problems with redirection of stdout and stderr (> /dev/null 2> file.debug).


See official apsfilter homepage

Apsfilter Handbook including the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Please send questions to the official apsfilter help channel [email protected] The above section BUGS and the file HOWTO-BUGREPORTS tells you how to report bugs. If you want to know how to troubleshoot your apsfilter installation, please read the manpage aps2file(1) and apsfilter-bug1 as well as the Apsfilter Handbook carefully.


The apspreview manpage has been written by Michael Lo├čin <[email protected]> and first appeared in apsfilter V 7.1.0.