Special characters that are included in commands

When colons, dashes, the equals sign, double quotation marks, single quotation marks, and braces are shown in command syntax notation, you will include them when you issue the command in most cases. These special characters have the following meanings:

  • A colon, :, separates related values. For example:

    pdpr -f file1 -x "page-select=3:6" file2

    means that only pages 3 through 6 of file 2 are to print.

  • A dash, -, always precedes a flag, for example, -x.
  • The equals sign, =, separates attribute and value pairs. For example:

    pdmod -x "sides=2" DivSpool12:1011230045

    means that 2 is the value assigned to the sides attribute.

  • Double quotation marks, " ", surround multiple attribute and value pairs, such as:

    -x "sides=2 print-quality=draft"

    For consistency, this publication also shows double quotation marks around single attribute and value pairs in all command examples, although they are not required. For example:

    -x "document-format=ascii"

  • Double quotation marks, " ", surround text strings that contain spaces, such as:

    -m "Down for maintenance"

  • Single quotation marks, ' ', surround a text string that contains spac