printing (old tractor printer)

Josef Karthauser joe at
Thu Jan 17 16:43:26 GMT 2002

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On Thu, Jan 17, 2002 at 05:21:50PM +0100, David Foulis wrote:
> Does anybody know where to set the breadth and length of the paper
> for a simple text line printer.
> I just brought two down from the attic (old tractor printers) and have
> enough colour bands to use for quite a while I want to use it for an
> experiment (logging only certain events that happen on the firewall).
> I've got a huge stack of A5 size paper (0.5 size of A4).
> I saw that there is a variable to set but the info source wasn't=20
> clear as to exactly where the commands should be also ? in what file
> ? printcap or if-simple ?
> If anybody knows please reply.
> Dave

Check out the printcap(5) manpage.  Looks like:

     pw         num       132                    page width (in characters)

So try setting pw to 40 or something and see what happens.


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