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6.15.13 BP compatibility: Printer, portable

The following listing contains the interface of the Printer unit.

This unit provides printer access, compatible to BP's Printer unit, for Dos (using printer devices) and Unix systems (using printer utilities).

For BP compatibility, the variable Lst is provided, but for newly written programs, it is recommended to use the AssignPrinter procedure on a text file, and close the file when done (thereby committing the printer job). This method allows for sending multiple printer jobs in the same program.

     { BP compatible printer unit with extensions
       Copyright (C) 1998-2005 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
       Author: Frank Heckenbach <>
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     {$if __GPC_RELEASE__ < 20030303}
     {$error This unit requires GPC release 20030303 or newer.}
     unit Printer;
     uses GPC {$ifndef __OS_DOS__}, Pipes {$endif};
       { Dos-like systems: writing to a printer device }
       { The file name to write printer output into }
       PrinterDeviceName: PString = @'prn';
       { Unix-like systems: printing via a printer program }
       { The file name of the printer program. If it contains a '/', it
         will be taken as a complete path, otherwise the file name will
         be searched for in the PATH with FSearchExecutable. }
       PrinterCommand: PString = @'lpr';
       { Optional command line parameters for the printer program.
         Ignored when nil. }
       PrinterArguments: PPStrings = nil;
       { How to deal with the printer spooler after the printer pipe is
         closed, cf. the Pipes unit. }
       PrinterPipeSignal : Integer = 0;
       PrinterPipeSeconds: Integer = 0;
       PrinterPipeWait   : Boolean = True;
     { Text file opened to default printer }
       Lst: Text;
     { Assign a file to the printer. Lst will be assigned to the default
       printer at program start, but other files can be assigned to the
       same or other printers (possibly after changing the variables
       above). SpoolerOutput, if not Null, will be redirected from the
       printer spooler's standard output and error. If you use this, note
       that a deadlock might arise when trying to write data to the
       spooler while its output is not being read, though this seems
       quite unlikely, since most printer spoolers don't write so much
       output that could fill a pipe. Under Dos, where no spooler is
       involved, SpoolerOutput, if not Null, will be reset to an empty
       file for compatibility. }
     procedure AssignPrinter (var f: AnyFile; var SpoolerOutput: