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Re: a2ps 4.13: buggy PS output ("Error: /undefined in 15,000000")

From: Yves Forkl
Subject: Re: a2ps 4.13: buggy PS output ("Error: /undefined in 15,000000")
Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2006 14:05:48 +0200
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Yves Forkl wrote:

> For each file we tried, a2ps 4.13 on our Linux machine (uname -r
> says kernel is 2.4.9-31SGI_XFS_1.1smp) happily produces PS output
> that causes GhostScript 6.51 (and 7.05) just as much as our HP LJ PS
> printer to refuse to render the page. [...]
> As we don't need the features of a2ps 4.13, we have reverted back to
> 4.12 which works perfectly well. [...]

Here's a follow-up to my own post: in the meantime, we found out the
reason for this, and we would like to share that with others as long
as a2ps 4.13 is not patched - is a2ps still actively maintained?

The error "/undefined in 15,000000" is obviously a result of a2ps 4.13 wrongly changing the decimal point into a comma, when the chosen locale states that the comma is used to separate decimal number and fraction, which is the case in many European countries.

     Yves Forkl

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