CUPS Printing problem

Seth W.Klein sk at
Mon Nov 18 03:45:37 PST 2002

Matt Rogers <mattrogers at> wrote:
> On Saturday 09 November 2002 06:03 pm, R. Bosch wrote:
> >
> > Can someone tell me what ghostscript is good for? Is it mandatory?
> Ghostscript is good for viewing Postscript and also PDF files without having 
> to install Adobe's Linux version of Acrobat (which only comes in a binary 
> package) 
> For CUPS, their version of Ghostscript is mandantory. You can find it at 
> I haven't dug through the documentation enough recently to be 
> able to tell you exactly why CUPS uses postscript, but i'm pretty sure that 
> if you search through the documentation you'll find a reason why.

PostScript is the format (programming language actually) that Unix
applications use to send documents to the print system. Ghostscript
is necessary for any printer that doesn't understand PostScript. It
translates from PostScript to whatever the printer does understand.

Seth W. Klein
sk at                   
Maintainer, LFS FAQ       
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