[arch-general] (groff+)ghostscript/us letter/paper size problems

Mike Bishop mbishop at mtaonline.net
Thu Nov 12 14:19:07 EST 2009

On Thu, Nov 12, 2009 at 09:49:13AM -0500, Louis Guillaume wrote:
> Mike Bishop wrote:
> >
> >The problem is that recent versions of ghostscript will (often)
> >assume a4 paper size, regardless of /etc/paper.  This applies
> >after ghostscript 8.64-5 but I am not sure which version (8.70 has
> >the problem).
> I don't know much about how this is "supposed" to work with
> /etc/paper or /etc/papersize. I always thought those were
> ghostscript or grops things.
> If you need to explicitly define a paper size for groff to use (that
> isn't the default) I think you need: `-dpaper=letter' in addition to
> `-P-pletter'. The latter is for grops.
> Louis

Actually, I screwed up.  The file on Arch at
has "papersize a4" while a more usual entry is
"papersize /etc/papersize a4" ... so my
settings in /etc/papersize were ignored.

I looked for a complicated answer and found it!

Mike Bishop 
Willow, Alaska

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