grolbp — groff driver for Canon CAPSL printers (LBP-4 and LBP-8 series laser printers).


grolbp-l ] [ --landscape ] [ -v ] [ --version ] [ -cn ] [ --copies=numcopies ] [ -ppaper_size ] [ --papersize=paper_size ] [ -oorientation ] [ --orientation=orientation ] [ -wwidth ] [ --linewidth=width ] [ -Fdir ] [ --fontdir=dir ] [ -h ] [ --help ] [ files... ]


grolbp is a driver for groff that produces output in CAPSL and VDM format suitable for Canon LBP-4 and LBP-8 printers.

For compatibility with grolj4 there is an additional drawing command available:

\D'R dh dv'

Draw a rule (i.e. a solid black rectangle), with one corner at the current position, and the diagonally opposite corner at the current position +(dh,dv).


Note that there can be whitespace between a one-letter option and its argument; on the other hand, there must be whitespace and/or an equal sign (‘=’) between a long-name option and its argument.


Print numcopies copies of each page.


Print the document with a landscape orientation.


Set the paper size to paper_size, which must be a valid paper size description as indicated in the section Paper Sizes.


Print the document with orientation orientation, which must be ‘portrait’ or ‘landscape’.


Set the default line thickness to width thousandths of an em. If this option isn't specified, the line thickness defaults to 0.04 em.


Print the version number.


Prepend directory dir/devname to the search path for font and device description files; name is the name of the device, usually lbp.


Print a short help text.


The driver supports the Dutch, Swiss and Swiss-Narrow scalable typefaces, each one in the Regular, Bold, Italic and Bold-Italic styles. Additionally, the Courier and Elite monospaced typefaces at the sizes 8 and 12 points (for Courier) resp. 8 and 10 points (for Elite) are supported, each one in the Regular, Bold and Italic styles.

The following chart summarizes the font names you can use to access these fonts:

Typeface Regular Bold Italic Bold-Italic
Courier CR CB CI
Elite ER EB EI

Paper Sizes

The paper size can be set in the DESC file or with command line options to grolbp. If the paper size is specified both ways, the command line options take precedence over the contents of the DESC file (this applies to the page orientation too).

See groff_font(5) how to set the paper dimensions in the DESC file.

To set the paper size in the command line, add

-p paper-size



to the other grolbp options, where paper-size is in the same format as in the DESC file.

If no paper size is specified in the DESC file or the command line, a default size of A4 is used.

Page Orientation

As with the page size, the orientation of the printed page (portrait or landscape) can be set in the DESC file or with command line options. It is also case insensitive.

To set the orientation in the DESC file, insert a line with the following content:

orientation [portrait|landscape]

Only the first valid orientation command in the DESC file is used.

To set the page orientation with command line options you can use the -o or --orientation option with the same parameters (portrait or landscape) as in the DESC file. Or you can use the -l option to force the pages to be printed in landscape.

Font File Format

In addition to the usual commands described in groff_font(5), grolbp provides the command lbpname which sets the font name sent to the printer when requesting this font. The syntax of this command is:

lbpname printer_font_name

The argument of lbpname is case sensitive.



A list of directories in which to search for the devname directory in addition to the default ones. See troff(1) and groff_font(5) for more details.



Device description file.


Font description file for font F.


Macros for use with grolbp.

See Also

groff(1), troff(1), groff_out(5), groff_font(5), groff_char(7)


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Permission is granted to make and distribute verbatim copies of this manual provided the copyright notice and this permission notice are preserved on all copies.

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Modified by Francisco Andrés Verdú <> for the grolbp program.

Referenced By

groff(1), groff_out(5).

25 July 2019 Groff Version 1.22.3