foo2zjs-wrapper - Convert Postscript into a ZJS printer stream


foo2zjs-wrapper [ options "] [" ps-file ]


foo2zjs-wrapper is a Foomatic compatible printer wrapper for the foo2zjs printer driver. This script reads a Postscript ps-file or standard input and converts it to Zenographics ZjStream printer format for driving the Minolta/QMS 2300 DL network color laser printer and other Zenographics-based printers.

This script can be used in a standalone fashion, but is intended to be called from a printer spooler system which uses the Foomatic printer database.


4.1. Normal Options

These are the options used to select the parameters of a print job that are usually controlled on a per job basis.

  • -c
        Print in color (else monochrome).
  • -C\0 colormode
        Color correction mode [0].
  • -d\0 duplex
        Duplex code to send to printer [1].
  • -m\0 media
        Media code to send to printer [1].
  • -p\0 paper
        Paper size code to send to printer [1].
  • -n\0 copies
        Number of copies [1].
  • -r\0 xres x yres
        Set device resolution in pixels/inch [1200x600].
  • -s\0 source
        Source (Input Slot) code to send to printer [7].
  • -t
        Draft mode. Every other pixel is white.
  • -2 -3 -4 -5 -6 -8 -9 -10 -12 -14 -15 -16 -18
        Print in N-up. Requires the psutils package.
  • -o\0 orient
        Orientation used for N-up.
n l .
1 Photos (using m2300w CRDs)
2 Photos and text (using m2300w CRDs)
3 Graphics and text (using m2300w CRDs)
10 ICM color profile (using -G *.icm file)
| n l | n l | n l .
1 off 2 long edge 3 short edge
l l l
l n n.
Media 2300DL 2200DL
standard 1 1
transparency 2 2
envelope 257 na
letterhead 259 na
thick 261 4
postcard 262 na
labels 263 3
| n l | n l.
1 letter 9 A4
5 legal 11 A5
7 executive 13 B5
20 env #10 27 env DL
28 env C5 34 env B5
37 env Monarch
| n l | n l.
1 upper 4 manual
2 lower 7 auto
Portrait -op (normal)
Landscape -ol (rotated 90 degrees anticlockwise)
Seascape -os (rotated 90 degrees clockwise)

4.2. Printer Tweaking Options

These are the options used to customize the operation of foo2zjs for a particular printer.

  • -u\0 xoff x yoff
        Set the offset of the start of the printable region from the upper left corner, in pixels [varies with paper size]. The defaults should work on the 2200DL and 2300DL, and have not been tested on any other printers.
  • -l\0 xoff x yoff
        Set the offset of the end of the printable region from the lower right corner, in pixels [varies with paper size]. The defaults should work on the 2200DL and 2300DL, and have not been tested on any other printers.
  • -L\0 mask
        Send the logical clipping values from -u/-l in the ZjStream. foo2zjs-wrapper always runs Ghostscript with the ideal page dimensions, so that the scale of the image is correct, regardless whether or not the printer has unprintable regions. This option is used to move the position of the clipped image back to where it belongs on the page. The default is to send the amount which was clipped by -u and -l, and should be good in most cases.
  • -P
        Do not send START_PLANE codes on monochrome output. May be needed by some monochrome-only printers, such as the HP LaserJet 1000.
  • -X\0 padlen
        Add extra zero padding to the end of BID segments. The default is 16 bytes. Padding 16 bytes of zeroes is needed for older ZjStream printers, such as the Minolta 2200DL and HP LaserJet 1000, and seems harmless to newer ones, such as the Minolta 2300DL. So the default should be good for all cases.
  • -z\0 model
        Model: 0=2300DL, 1=HP1020. Default is 0.
0 don't send any logical clipping amounts
1 only send Y clipping amount
2 only send X clipping amount
3 send both X and Y clipping amounts

4.3. Color Tweaking Options

These are the options used to control the quality of color output. Color correction is currently a WORK IN PROGRESS.

  • -g\0 gsopts
        Additional options to pass to Ghostscript, such as -g« -dDITHERPPI=nnn », etc. This option may appear more than once.
  • -G\0 profile.icm
        Convert profile.icm to a Postscript color rendering dictionary (CRD) using foo2zjs-icc2ps and adjust the printer colors by using the Postscript setcolorrendering operator. (WORK IN PROGRESS).
  • -G\0 gamma-file.ps
        Prepend gamma-file.ps to the Postscript input to perform color correction using the setcolortransfer Postscript operator. For example, the file might contain:
    {0.333 exp} {0.333 exp} {0.333 exp} {0.333 exp} setcolortransfer
  • -I\0 intent
        Select profile intent from the ICM file. 0=Perceptual, 1=Colorimetric, 2=Saturation, 3=Absolute. Default is 0 (perceptual).

4.4. Debugging Options

These options are used for debugging foo2zjs and its wrapper.

  • -S\0 plane
        Output just a single color plane from a color print and print it on the black plane. The default is to output all color planes.
  • -D\0 level
        Set Debug level [0].
1 Cyan
2 Magenta
3 Yellow
4 Black


Create a monochrome ZjStream from a Postscript document, examine it, and then print it using a RAW print queue:

foo2zjs-wrapper testpage.ps > testpage.zm
zjsdecode < testpage.zm
lpr -P raw testpage.zm

Create a color ZjStream stream from a Postscript document:

foo2zjs-wrapper -c testpage.ps > testpage.zc


R /usr/bin/foo2zjs-wrapper


R foo2zjs (1),

R zjsdecode (1)


Rick Richardson <>
http://foo2zjs.rkkda.com/ .em pdf_outline