PPD generator? 
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 PPD generator?

I've noticed in some of the PPDs which I got from Adobe,
look a lot like they've been semi-automatically generated,
or least have a lot of parts that could really easily be generated
by a postscript program.

One of these PPDs has a reference to "BuildPPD4.0L1.ps".  I've scoured
all of the "usual suspects" for pointers to such a program, but to no
avail.  Of course, it would be nice if my printer vendor had supplied
a PPD for the particular unit in question, but it would also be useful
to have the tool also.

Any hints, pointers, etc are invited.  I know that I can take an existing
"pretty close" PPD and hack it into shape, but having the right tool would
be a much better experience.

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Tue, 07 Oct 1997 03:00:00 GMT  
 PPD generator?

Quote:
>I've noticed in some of the PPDs which I got from Adobe,
>look a lot like they've been semi-automatically generated,
>or least have a lot of parts that could really easily be generated
>by a PostScript program.

>One of these PPDs has a reference to "BuildPPD4.0L1.ps".  I've scoured
>all of the "usual suspects" for pointers to such a program, but to no
>avail.  Of course, it would be nice if my printer vendor had supplied
>a PPD for the particular unit in question, but it would also be useful
>to have the tool also.

>Any hints, pointers, etc are invited.  I know that I can take an existing
>"pretty close" PPD and hack it into shape, but having the right tool would
>be a much better experience.

yeah, I wondered about that too.

At first I figured buildppd probably worked from the header file(s)
parameterizing the build of the PostScript interpreter which wouldn't make
it of much use outside of Adobe.

But being a ps program made me wonder whether it rummaged around inside
the interpreter. It would have to be working with undocumented features or
data structures otherwise there wouldn't be much need for PPDs (which
exist for drivers to obtain at least some information they can't determine
from queries of the printer). Again that makes it unlikely to work with
non-Adobe printers.

fraid that's all I can offer

anyone know of a PPD lint?
when writing a PPD file for a slidemaker (and Adobe don't have many
examples of RGB colour ones to clarify things like what screens you should
advertise; I know strange for true colour devices but the PPD spec simply
doesn't cover them), and I seem to remember that the first version of
Adobe's LaserWriter 8 driver for the Macintosh gave better diagnostics -
like the line number containing the error. Then again, my memory isn't as
good as I think it used to be...

cheers,



Thu, 09 Oct 1997 03:00:00 GMT  
 
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