magicfilter is an extensible and customizable automatic printer filter. It selects an appropriate conversion technique for the input data by seeking for magic numbers, and then utilizing the appropriate conversion utility.
magicfilter is primarily intended for use as the “input filter” by the lpd print spooler. The options accepted by magicfilter are exactly the ones passed to the input filter by lpd (unless you build it on a LPRng system – in that case, magicfilter accepts no options.)
Magicfilter 2 is a complete rewrite of H. Peter Anvin’s Magicfilter 1.2, using slightly more standard components. It has the following features:
getrule()to compensate for gl*bc, and I had to modify some of the internals of
configure.incto deal with the extra-gnuified toolset in MacOS 10.5.
file(1)identfied pjl as pjl or printer job language (pjl). Well, that’s not the case any more, and now that I’m encouraging the use of libfile instead of the version of file I ship with magicfilter, that means there are a lot of people out there who might be unpleasantly surprised by unexpected output to their printers. I’ve also cleaned up some of the rough edges on the
magic.m4file, so that text printing might actually work properly when TEXT is defined as FALSE, or when it’s routed through a PRINTER.
Tim Johnston reported a bug trying to build on Mandrake Linux 10.0, which uses gcc 3.3. When magicfilter is built on a system that uses lprng, it includes code that unsets the various magic environment variables that lprng passes around.
Part of this code is this simple (if somewhat gross) #if switch that
sets up the proper sort of unset depending on whether your machine has
#ifdef HAVE_UNSETENV # define UNSET(x) unsetenv(x) #else # define UNSET(x) putenv(x ## "=") #endif
This code works with gcc 2.95 (and gcc 2.7, but I don’t think there’s anyone who uses that code except me anymore). But apparently the people who “maintain” (for lack of a sufficiently profane better word) gcc have changed the way token pasting works in the preprocessor for gcc 3.3.2. Changed, in this case, means broken; so I’ve ripped this code out and replaced it with an even grosser version that doesn’t use anything experimental like ANSI token pasting.
errnoanymore. To corrects this feature, offending modules in
#include <errno.h>. Other than compiling on recent machines, there are no changes of note in 2.3.b.
magicfilter 2.3 has the
code rewritten to look like the new
libmagic in recent versions of
file(1). If you’ve got a recent copy of
will use that one instead of the copy that’s included in the tarball,
but if you don’t have a recent copy, I don’t want to have to carry
around two separate interfaces that do the same thing.
The configuration process also builds a config.md script
which attempts to make directories without erroring out if the
directory exists but isn’t owned by you (on some versions of
mkdir -p chokes when a
directory exists but isn’t owned by the caller. This has some
unfortunate side effects, which don’t interact well with
GNU make (which, in the grand tradition
of Unix, is close to but not completely compatable with
the BSD make that I use on FreeBSD
and Mastodon Linux.)
On the bugfixing front, magicfilter now uses the the
that configure.sh was given
when it configured everything.
Older versions of the code are still available.