ESP Ghostscript-7.07.1

Introduction to Ghostscript

Ghostscript is a versatile processor for PostScript data with the ability to render PostScript to different targets. ESP Ghostscript is a customized version of GNU Ghostscript that includes an enhanced configuration script, the CUPS raster driver to support CUPS raster printer drivers, and additional patches and drivers from various Linux distributors.

Package information

Installation of Ghostscript

Install Ghostscript by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr --without-gimp-print --without-omni &&
make &&
make install

To install the shared library you will need GTK+-1.2.10.

Proceed with the following commands:

make CFLAGS_SO='-fPIC $(ACDEFS)' so &&
make soinstall


The shared library is only used in external programs like GSview-4.6.

To finish the installation, unpack all fonts you've downloaded to /usr/share/ghostscript.

Command explanations

--without-gimp-print: This switch disables the building of the GIMP print driver as a Ghostscript device since this is deprecated. This driver may be still accessible via IJS or CUPS, and this is the preferred way.

--without-ijs: This switch disables the IJS driver support.


Ghostscript comes with a lot of filters to render PostScript/PDF files back and forth. Please refer to the HTML documentation or try man gs. ESP Ghostscript provides pstoraster too.



CUPS uses pstoraster filter to convert PostScript to a generic raster image format that is acceptable as an input to drivers for non-PostScript printers (e.g., from Gimp-Print-4.2.6). It is built and installed only if CUPS-1.1.20 is found.