gspl-plist(8) dump out GNUspool printers to a shell script


gspl-plist [ -D dir ] [ -e n ] [ -s ] [ -f ] [ -l ] ptr file outfile


gspl-plist converts GNUspool printers held in the spool directory to an executable shell script which may be used to re-install them. This may be useful for backup purposes or for one stage in upgrade from one release of GNUspool to another.

gspl-plist considers a GNUspool spool directory, by default the current directory, takes the printer file, which is usually spshed_pfile, and generates a shell script file outfile, which if executed, would recreate the GNUspool printers with the same options.

N.B. setup files are not copied, this should be done as a separate exercise. In many cases these can be separately copied over from one release to the next.

In addition to options, two arguments are always supplied to gspl-plist.

Printer list file
This is the file containing the attributes of the printers, spshed_pfile in the spool directory or as relocated by re-specifying "SPOOLDIR".
Output file
This file is created by gspl-plist to contain the executable shell script, containing gspl-padd(1) commands, which may be used to reinstall the printers.


-D directory
specifies the source directory for the printers and ptr file. It can be specified as $SPOOLDIR or "${SPOOLDIR-/var/spool/gnuspool}" etc and the environment and/or gnuspool.conf will be interrogated to interpolate the value of the environment variable given.

If you use this, don't forget to put single quotes around it thus:

 gspl-plist -D '${SPOOLDIR-/var/spool/gnuspool}' ...

otherwise the shell will try to interpret the "$" construct and not gspl-plist.

-e n
Tolerate n errors of the kinds denoted by the other options before giving up trying to convert the file.
Ignore format errors (invalid form types etc) in the saved printer file up to the limit of number of errors given by the -e option.
Modify the shell script created so that printers recreated with be ``local only'' access rather than network wide.
Ignore file size errors in the saved printer file (up to the number of total errors given by the -e option.


Copyright (c) 2009 Free Software Foundation, Inc. This is free software. You may redistribute copies of it under the terms of the GNU General Public License <>. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.


John M Collins, Xi Software Ltd.