Introduction to libpaper

This package is intended to provide a simple way for applications to take actions based on a system or user-specified paper size.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-11.2 platform.

Package Information

User Notes:

Installation of libpaper

Install libpaper by running the following commands:

autoreconf -fi                &&
./configure --prefix=/usr     \
            --sysconfdir=/etc \
            --disable-static &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install &&
mkdir -vp /etc/libpaper.d

The /etc/libpaper.d directory contains scripts to run after the paper size has been changed. This package puts no scripts here, but other packages may. If the fcron package has not been installed, create the run-parts script as shown in the Fcron Configuration Information section.

Command Explanations

--disable-static: This switch prevents installation of static versions of the libraries.

mkdir -pv /etc/libpaper.d: libpaper expects that packages will install files into this directory.

Configuring libpaper

Configuration Information

Create /etc/papersize to set the default system paper size. Issue the following command as the root user to set this to 'A4' (libpaper prefers the lowercase form). You may wish to use a different size, such as letter.

cat > /etc/papersize << "EOF"


Installed Programs: paperconf, paperconfig, run-parts
Installed Library:
Installed Directories: /etc/libpaper.d

Short Descriptions


prints paper configuration information


configures the system default paper size

contains functions for interrogating the paper library