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      scribus - open source X11-based WYSIWYG desktop publishing app


      scribus  [-h|--help] [-v|--version] [-l|--lang language] [-la|--langs-
      available] [filename]


      Scribus is an open source desktop publishing program. It provides true
      WYSIWYG  editing, excellent PDF export facilities, and a wide range of
      other input and output options.
      Please see the scribus documentation  at  or
      the program's built in help for more comprehensive and up-to-date doc-
      This man page only provides summaries of some aspects of the program's
      use.  It's main purpose is to make sure you can find the full documen-
      tation quickly and easily.


      The definitive options are in  the  program's  usage  statement.  Run:
      scribus --help to view the usage statement.
      -l, --lang xx
             Overrides  the  system  locale and runs Scribus in language xx.
             The language is specified with the same  POSIX  language  codes
             that are used in the LANG and LC_ALL environment variables. For
             example, English can be selected with 'en'  (generic  English),
             'en_GB'  (British  English),  'en_US'  (American english), etc.
             Similarly, Deutsch can be selected with 'de' or 'de_DE'.
      -la, --langs-available
             Print a list of languages for which user interface translations
             are  available. To use that language run Scribus as 'scribus -l
             xx' where xx is the short language  code,  or  set  the  locale
             environment variables as described below.
      -v, --version
             Prints the Scribus version number and exits.

      -h, --help
             Print a brief usage summary.


      Scribus respects the standard locale environment variables. Others may
      be  used through underlying libraries, such as Qt, or by programs used
      by Scribus. and the in-program documentation
      may  note  other environment variables used by Scribus or the programs
      and libraries it uses.
             POSIX locale. See locale(1).  Scribus uses these three environ-
             ment  variables,  in  the listed order of precedence, to select
             the language (including the user interface translation) to use.
             If  none  are  set,  it will fall back on the locale set by the
             underlying Qt library.
      PATH   Scribus may search the PATH for external tools if  their  paths
             are  not specified absolutely. This is currently most likely to
             affect you if you have multiple copies of gs(1) installed.  You
             can  set  an absolute path to the correct gs(1) in your Scribus
             preferences and bypass the PATH search.
      A few important environment variables from  other  programs  are  sum-
      marised  here  for  convenience,  though you should check the original
      program's documentation if you are having trouble.
             GhostScript  font  path.  Affects  the  font  search  path  for
             GhostScript, a component Scribus uses for some PostScript oper-
             ations. Add new directories containing fonts to this colon-sep-
             arated  list  to  help  GhostScript  find fonts in non-standard
             locations. See gs(1) and the GhostScript HTML documentation for
             more information.
      GS_LIB GhostScript  library  path.  GhostScript searches this path for
             Fontmap files. Like GS_FONTPATH it's a colon separated list  of
             directories.  You will usually want to use GS_FONTPATH instead,
             though building a Fontmap  file  and  using  GS_LIB  can  speed
             things  up  if  you  have  a  lot  of  fonts. See gs(1) and the
             GhostScript HTML documentation for more information.


             User preferences are stored in  $HOME/.scribus/  .  Most  other
             paths   are   configurable   from   the   Scribus  preferences.
             Scribus preferences file -  formatted in  a custom xml schema. 
             May eventually be retired in favour of new format prefs  file.   
             New  format prefs file. As of time of writing (v1.2.x) 
             this file was mostly used for the storage of window locations  
             and  previously  used directories.


      The scribus documentation site and home  page
      gs(1), the gs html docs, and
      The Qt library -


      inkscape(1) -
      OpenClipArt -
      Other    affiliates    may    be    listed    in    the    footer   on
      gimp(1) -


      See for the Scribus on-line  status  tracker,
      which  is  used  to  track  bug  reports and feature requests.  If you
      intend to submit a bug report or feature request,  please  search  the
      bug database first.


      Please  see  the  About  Scribus option in the Help menu for a list of
      authors, translators, and contributors.
                             Updated 2005-05-06                   scribus(1)


  • Note as an exception to the general CC license the wiki is using, this man file is licensed under GPL V.2, as are the main source licenses.--Mrdocs 11:45, 21 Apr 2005 (UTC)