Introduction to PSUtils

PSUtils is a set of utilities to manipulate PostScript files.

Package Information

User Notes:

Installation of PSUtils

Install PSUtils by running the following commands:

sed 's@/usr/local@/usr@g' Makefile.unix > Makefile &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

sed 's@/usr/local@/usr@g' Makefile.unix > Makefile: This command creates a Makefile that installs the program to the /usr prefix instead of the /usr/local prefix.


Installed Programs: epsffit, extractres, fixdlsrps, fixfmps, fixmacps, fixpsditps, fixpspps, fixscribeps, fixtpps, fixwfwps, fixwpps, fixwwps, getafm, includeres, psbook, psmerge, psnup, psresize, psselect, pstops, and showchar
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: /usr/share/psutils

Sometimes psnup and other utilities from this package produce PostScript files that don't conform to Adobe's DSC standard. CUPS may print them incorrectly. On the other hand, CUPS has builtin replacements for most commands from this package. For example, to print a document 2-up, you can issue this command:

lp -o number-up=2 <filename>

Short Descriptions


fits an EPSF file to a given bounding box.


rearranges pages into signatures.


puts multiple pages per physical sheet of paper.


alters the document paper size.


selects pages and page ranges.


performs general page rearrangements and selection.


the remaining commands are scripts that perform specific functions described in their respective man pages.

Last updated on 2006-06-21 11:26:07 -0500