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[Bug-gnubg] Printing by linking with Ghostscript -- MS Windows help?

From: Gary Wong
Subject: [Bug-gnubg] Printing by linking with Ghostscript -- MS Windows help?
Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2002 12:44:12 -0500
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I have seen occasional complaints that printing from gnubg is too difficult.
It would be easy enough to add a print command which worked just like
"export postscript" piped through lpr (or whatever), but presumably that
wouldn't help if the complainers were running on MS Windows, since I
gather that most Windows systems don't use PostScript printers or

GNU Ghostscript might be a useful way to implement portable printing,
since it can output to all kinds of devices.  On Un*x systems, gnubg
doesn't need to do anything special to talk to gs, since the natural
way to use gs is to install it system-wide so that every program can
print PostScript, not just gnubg.  But on MS Windows, it might be
simpler to link directly to Ghostscript (which can be compiled as a
shared library), and use a gs driver which sends output to a native
MS Windows printer driver.

Does anybody care about this?  I'm willing to add the support on the
gnubg side, but I don't have an MS Windows platform and can't test
it myself.  If anybody wants to try this out, and can build gnubg
from a CVS branch and get it to link with Ghostscript, please let me

   Gary Wong           address@hidden           http://www.cs.arizona.edu/~gary/

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