Dec 102017
COUNTPGS will analyze your text files and tell you how many pages it will take when printed, how long the lines are, and how many lines on each page.
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Category Printer Utilities
COUNTPGS will analyze your text files and tell you how many pages it will take when printed, how long the lines are, and how many lines on each page.
File Name File Size Zip Size Zip Type
COUNTPGS.DOC 7195 2656 deflated
COUNTPGS.EXE 19408 9418 deflated

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Contents of the COUNTPGS.DOC file

COUNTPGS Ver. 2.00

Purpose: A printer utility. Before you print out a file or set of
files, find out how many pages it contains and whether there
are any ragged ends or oversize pages in it.

Format: COUNTPGS [[d:][path]filename.ext ...] [/P] [/Lnn] [/V] [/F]

__ ____ ____________
d: is the drive letter, path is the DOS path, and filename.ext
may contain DOS's usual wildcards (* and ?). If COUNTPGS is
entered bare, without filenames, COUNTPGS will ask for them.

/Lnn specifies paper size: that the printer puts nn lines
on a page (default is 66).

/V ("verbose") causes COUNTPGS to list every page (counting
by form-feeds) and show the number of lines on each.

/P makes COUNTPGS echo its output to the printer.

/F makes COUNTPGS echo its output to a file, COUNTPGS.LST,
on the default drive/directory.

Remarks: To find out how much paper to lay out, I once looked at the
end of a file and found page 1105. Refusing to believe it, I
wrote COUNTPGS. That page turned out to be p. 5 of Chap. 11,
of course, and the whole thing ran about 100 pages. Whew!

COUNTPGS can handle up to 25 filenames at a time, which may
contain wildcards. Each must have its own drive and path des-
ignations. Examples:

COUNTPGS b:xyz.txt

COUNTPGS b:\*.doc /V

COUNTPGS b:abcd.txt c:\xyz*.doc c:\foo\ab??.* /P /L55

If you prefer to give the file specs interactively, enter just
COUNTPGS, and you'll be asked for the filenames. (/P, /V and
/L can go in like filenames.) When you've entered as many as
you want, a bare tells COUNTPGS to take it away.

Most printers will feed out the rest of the page when they en-
counter a "form-feed" character, ASCII #12. (On the screen,
it shows up as either ^L or the Venus (female) sign. If you
have this file on the screen, you can see a form-feed charac-
ter at the end, after the address below.) Some files use
form-feed characters to divide pages; some just feed out the
proper number of lines per page. If it finds any form-feeds
at all, COUNTPGS expects the number form-feeds to be the num-
ber of pages. When there are no form-feeds, COUNTPGS calcu-
lates the number of pages from the line count.
COUNTPGS (cont'd) Page 2

On The Pathology of Text Files
(and what COUNTPGS can do about it)

Though I originally meant CountPgs just to find out how much
paper to lay out for a printer run, it turns out to be a use-
ful check on pagination. I've seen any number of DOC files
with bungled pagination, and CountPgs can point you to making
repairs before wasting paper. Files meant for a printer can
be bungled in three ways:

1. COUNTPGS will indicate files with ragged ends --that end
in the middle of a page. This happens when there are
lines after the last FF. A file without FF's has a ragged
end if the pages don't come out even. If you want to COPY
PRN a bunch of files like that, you'll have to do some-
thing clever.

A file with a ragged end and no FF's may not be paged at
all. It may be meant for the screen; it may be a thought-
less scrawl. If the look of your printout matters, look
at the file before you print. You may want to run it
through a word-processor to page it properly.

2. FF's may be wrongly placed. Occasionally, a page will
have more than a pageful of lines between FF's. COUNTPGS
will say something like "4? 5? pages." That means the
printout will actually take 5 pages, but possibly only 4
were intended. You may want to go in and fix up the file
before printing. The /V option will tell you where the
oversize pages are.

If COUNTPGS comes up with something like "1? 5? pages,
most likely a file without FF's, meant to be paged by
counting lines, has a stray FF at the end. Occasionally,
an otherwise harmless librarian will leave a lone FF at
the end of his little addendum.

3. Finally, some files begin with a FF to clear the printer
or make a "guard sheet." COUNTPGS will point this out.
If you're also irritated by terminal FF's, use the Verbose
option and watch for a last page of 0 lines.

---R. N. Wisan, May, 1988
37 Clinton St, Oneonta, NY 13820


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