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  • What documentation is there for ipx_configure and what it configures. And other ixp tools


    envelope-8678598 ping …

    Fri, 25 Aug 2000 15:00:37 -0700 (PDT)
    From: terry white

    … hello:

    couple of questions.

    is this ‘list’ on-going, or new.

    The TAG list at SSC (tag@ssc,com) is new in that we have only instituted the Answer Gang within the last few months. It’s ongoing, in that this is the way we will continue onward, to provide better technical answers.

    what should someone new to this list know …

    Well, you would be someone who is willing to jump in and help other people. You would also be someone who is willing to visit some search engines and find people useful pointers to learn more about the subject you’re helping them with. Hopefully you would be able to write clearly enough so that it is fun to read, rather than scary like certain of the HOWTOs I’m not going to name. You don’t have to know HTML, though. That’s my job. — Heather

    envelope-8678598 Complement to Micro Publishing series

    Fri, 18 Aug 2000 16:01:24 -0300
    From: Bruno Barberi Gnecco

    Though the series have covered pretty well the « hardware » part — how to bind, etc — I have found the software part disappointing. I have always wanted to print some books, but basically for laziness I ended printing in the single sided, A4 format and brought to the nearest copy place to add a cheap plastic cover and spiral binding. Good for software documentation, bad for real books that I wanted to keep in the shelves, instead of in the middle of one of the piles of my desk. Reducing the images by half made the letters too small, and didn’t look like a real book — too many lines.

    I suppose here that you want to print a book that you have the TeX source, or some format that you can output to PostScript modifying the page setup and, therefore, the layout. You may have trouble with texts with figures, since usually the author cared about their size and position. You’ll have to follow the #1 law of laboratories: « If you don’t know what’s going to happen, protect your eyes and tell your buddy to do it ».

    The idea is to print in A5 format. If you don’t know, a A5 page is exactly half of an A4 page, cut parallel to the smallest side (works for all A? pages: A3 is two A4 pages joined by the larger side). So, you can print two A5 pages in one A4 page, without reducing; and A5 pages are the size of a book. Talk about nice.

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    First thing to do is to get the PSUtils package. This is a nice set of utilities that will most of your needs of manipulating PS files. Get them at: or Compile and install.

    Generate the PostScript file. If you’re using LaTeX, you can do it using something like:


    I had a problem here: when I tried to generate in the A5 format, the page was cut in half. It turned out that the problem was in dvips. If you have this problem, find the file (probably in /usr/share/texmf/dvips/config) And add the following lines:

    @ a5 149mm 210mm @+ ! %%DocumentPaperSizes: a5 @+ %%BeginPaperSize: a5 @+ a5 @+ %%EndPaperSize

    Alternatively, you can use the following trick:


    on the beginning of your LaTeX file. Now convert your file to PostScript, and check it to confirm that it’s really in the A5 format, and not cropped in the wrong place.

    Now comes the PSUtils. Though Mark Nielsen used mpage, it will not work for this task well, since it will reduce the page. In the PSUtils package there’s an utility called pstops, which is very powerful. To do what Mark did with mpage, type the following commands:

    pstops « 4:3L(21cm,0)+0L(21cm,14.85cm) »
    pstops « 4:1L(21cm,0)+2L(21cm,14.85cm) »

    There is also psbook, which let’s you print in large paper with a multiple of 4 pages per side, so you can fold it and it will really be like a book. The problem is to find a printer that accepts A0 paper. It’s useful, however, if you can print in A3 paper, because you could print 8 pages in a single sheet (four A5 in each side).

    envelope-8678598 Diamond Stealth Pro VL contribution in August Linux Gazette

    Tue, 01 Aug 2000 16:02:58 -0500
    From: Chris Gianakopoulis

    I must apologize for passing misinformation about my Diamond Stealth Pro VL video card. I made the statement that the board uses an 80C929 device. I mistyped the device number! It was supposed to be an 80C928. I truely did proofread my mail before I posted it but somehow I missed that important piece of information. I truely understand that incorrecti information is more dangerous than no information!!!!!!

    My apologies, Chris Gianakopoulos

    envelope-8678598 Linuz Gazette article – Python

    Wed, 2 Aug 2000 19:36:16 -0700
    From: Jeremy Parks