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download - host resident PostScript font downloader


download [-f] [-p printer] [-m name] [-H directory]



download prepends host resident fonts to files and writes the results on
the standard output. If no files are specified, or if - is one of the
input files, the standard input is read. download assumes the input
files make up a single PostScript job and that requested fonts can be
included at the start of each input file.

Requested fonts are named in a comment (marked with %%DocumentFonts:) in
the input files. Available fonts are the ones listed in the map table
selected using the -m option.

The map table consists of fontname-file pairs. The fontname is the full
name of the PostScript font, exactly as it would appear in a
%%DocumentFonts: comment. The file is the pathname of the host resident
font. A file that begins with a / is used as is. Otherwise the pathname
is relative to the host font directory. Comments are introduced by % (as
in PostScript) and extend to the end of the line.

The only candidates for downloading are fonts listed in the map table
that point download to readable files. A font is downloaded once, at
most. Requests for unlisted fonts or inaccessible files are ignored. All
requests are ignored if the map table can not be read.


Force a complete scan of each input file. In the absence
of an explicit comment pointing download to the end of
the file, the default scan stops immediately after the
PostScript header comments.

-p printer
Check the list of printer-resident fonts in
/etc/lp/printers/printer/residentfonts before

-m name
Use name as the font map table. A name that begins with /
is the full pathname of the map table and is used as is.
Otherwise name is appended to the pathname of the host
font directory.

-H directory
Use dir as the host font directory. The default is


Example 1: Examples of the download command.

The following map table could be used to control the downloading of the
Bookman font family:

% The first string is the full PostScript font name. The second string
% is the file name - relative to the host font directory unless it begins
% with a /.
Bookman-Light bookman/light
Bookman-LightItalic bookman/lightitalic
Bookman-Demi bookman/demi
Bookman-DemiItalic bookman/demiitalic

Using the file myprinter/map (in the default host font directory) as the
map table, you could download fonts by issuing the following command:

example% download -m myprinter/map file


The following exit values are returned:

Successful completion.

An error occurred.


dpost(1), postio(1), postprint(1), attributes(7)


The download program should be part of a more general program.

download does not look for %%PageFonts: comments and there is no way to
force multiple downloads of a particular font.

Using full pathnames in either map tables or the names of map tables is
not recommended.

May 13, 2017 DOWNLOAD(1)