Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 8276
groff postscript driver lacks support for A4 paper (w/fix)
Last modified: 2014-03-16 22:12:00 EDT
The postscript (and hplj) output drivers for groff lack support for
printing on A4 paper. Setting up for A4 paper is not documented for groff.
The following file could be supplied with the groff distribution to support
the use of A4 paper (used in much of the world instead of the Letter format
used widely in the US). This is a modified version of
/usr/lib/groff/font/devps/DESC. I don't know the best way to set this up at
In my system, I have both files (DESC.a4 and
DESC.letter) and a symlink from DESC to the correct one). The
are to the "unitwidth" (reduced from 1000 to 970, and "paperlength"
(increased from 792000 to 841888). The hplj output driver needs a similar
fix, but the parameters are different.
devps/DESC (for A4):
sizes 1000-10000000 0
styles R I B BI
fonts 9 0 0 0 0 0 SS S ZD ZDR
Fixed (by adding text above verbatim as README.A4) in groff-1.15-9.
Thanks for the report.
The information in README.A4 is incorrect and should not have been added.
It is leading to confusion for users, e.g.
Please remove README.A4 from RedHat's groff RPM. I've checked with
Werner Lemburg, GNU Groff Technical issues lead, and he concurs --
If you have further problems WRT groff, please contact the groff maintainers,