how do i print selected pages from a file ?

Posted on 2002-04-22
Last Modified: 2012-05-04
I would like to print pages 10 to 1001 form a file which has 7011 pages. How do i send this to a printer via a unix line command ?
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ID: 6959389
Can you use 'pr?

pr +10 filename, start printing from page 10.

some soemthing like

pr +10 filename | head -60000 | lp,    
should do (1000 page times 60 lines)
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chris_calabrese earned 200 total points
ID: 6960373
It depends on how you're printing the file.

If it's pre-formatted ascii test, you can slice out the exact line numbers (66 lines to the page) with something like
  awk 'NR > 660 && NR <= 66066 { print }' <FILENAME> | lp

If it's free-form ascii text, you can use the pr technique recommended by elfie.

If it's PostScript you can probably write some PostScript wrapper code that would do this, but my PS skills are too rusty these days to figure out exactly how to do it.  You might also be able to bring it into a PostScript viewer like ghostview and print the pages you want from there.

If it's some other type of application file, you'll need to use whatever facilities the application has for doing this sort of thing.
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You need to tell which favour of UNIX and what type of file you want to print.
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Expert Comment

ID: 6962458
beside the suggested solution, I assume you're looking for a solution spezialised for **your** flaviour of UNIX, and **your** printing system. Then please tell us these details, also the format of the file (plain text, PostScript, etc.)
There're to much ways to do it, or to say "not possible" as we can suggest each.

Author Comment

ID: 6964776
Yuzh and ahoffmann,

The Unix flavour is Digital or Compaq Unix 4.0E. The format is plain text.
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Expert Comment

ID: 6964911
see chris_calabrese's sugestion.
You may also use sed or tcl or perl instead of awk ...

     sed -n -e '660,66066 p' file|lp
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