Manual Reference Pages  - filter (7)

NAME

filter - cups file conversion filter interface

CONTENTS

Synopsis
Description
Log Messages
Environment Variables
Compatibility
See Also
Copyright

SYNOPSIS

filter job user title num-copies options [ filename ]

DESCRIPTION

The CUPS filter interface provides a standard method for adding support for new document types to CUPS. Each filter is capable of converting from one or more input formats to another format that can either be printed directly or piped into another filter to get it to a printable format.

Filters must be capable of reading from a filename on the command-line or from the standard input, copying the standard input to a temporary file as required by the file format. All output must be sent to the standard output.

The command name (argv[0]) is set to the name of the destination printer.

LOG MESSAGES

Messages sent to stderr are generally logged to printer-state-message attribute and the current ErrorLog. Each line begins with a standard prefix:

ALERT: message
  Sets the printer-state-message attribute and adds the specified message to the current ErrorLog using the "alert" log level.

ATTR: attribute=value [attribute=value]
  Sets the named job attribute(s). Typically this will be used to set the job-remote-id attribute.

CRIT: message
  Sets the printer-state-message attribute and adds the specified message to the current ErrorLog using the "critical" log level.

DEBUG: message
  Sets the printer-state-message attribute and adds the specified message to the current ErrorLog using the "debug" log level.

DEBUG2: message
  Sets the printer-state-message attribute and adds the specified message to the current ErrorLog using the "debug2" log level.

EMERG: message
  Sets the printer-state-message attribute and adds the specified message to the current ErrorLog using the "emergency" log level.

ERROR: message
  Sets the printer-state-message attribute and adds the specified message to the current ErrorLog using the "error" log level.

INFO: message
  Sets the printer-state-message attribute. If the current LogLevel is set to "debug2", also adds the specified message to the current ErrorLog using the "info" log level.

NOTICE: message
  Sets the printer-state-message attribute and adds the specified message to the current ErrorLog using the "notice" log level.

PAGE: page-number #-copies
PAGE: total #-pages
  Adds an entry to the current PageLog. The first form adds #-copies to the job-media-sheets-completed attribute. The second form sets the job-media-sheets-completed attribute to #-pages.

STATE: printer-state-reason [printer-state-reason ...]
STATE: + printer-state-reason [printer-state-reason ...]
STATE: - printer-state-reason [printer-state-reason ...]
  Sets, adds, or removes printer-state-reason keywords to the current queue. Typically this is used to indicate media, ink, and toner conditions on a printer.

WARNING: message
  Sets the printer-state-message attribute and adds the specified message to the current ErrorLog using the "warning" log level.

ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES

The following environment variables are defined by the CUPS server when executing the filter:

CHARSET
  The default text character set, typically utf-8.

CLASS When a job is submitted to a printer class, contains the name of the destination printer class. Otherwise this environment variable will not be set.

CONTENT_TYPE
  The MIME type associated with the file (e.g. application/postscript).

CUPS_DATADIR
  The directory where data files can be found.

CUPS_SERVERROOT
  The root directory of the server.

DEVICE_URI
  The device-uri associated with the printer.

FINAL_CONTENT_TYPE
  The MIME type associated with the printer (e.g. application/vnd.cups-postscript).

LANG The default language locale (typically C or en).

PATH The standard execution path for external programs that may be run by the filter.

PPD The full pathname of the PostScript Printer Description (PPD) file for this printer.

PRINTER
  The name of the printer.

RIP_CACHE
  The recommended amount of memory to use for Raster Image Processors (RIPs).

SOFTWARE
  The name and version number of the server (typically CUPS/1.2).

TZ The timezone of the server.

USER The user executing the filter, typically "lp" or "root"; consult the cupsd.conf(5) file for the current setting.

COMPATIBILITY

While the filter interface is compatible with System V interface scripts, it will only work with the System V interface script as the only filter. Typically the interface script will be provided via the lpadmin(8) command using the -i option.

SEE ALSO

backend(1), cupsd(8),
http://localhost:631/help

COPYRIGHT

Copyright 2007 by Apple Inc.


6 July 2007 filter (7) Common UNIX Printing System
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