PAC(8) BSD System Manager's Manual PAC(8)
pac -- printer/plotter accounting information
pac [-cmrs] [-P printer] [-p price] [name ...]
pac reads the printer/plotter accounting files, accumulating the number
of pages (the usual case) or feet (for raster devices) of paper consumed
by each user, and printing out how much each user consumed in pages or
feet and dollars.
Options and operands available:
-Pprinter Accounting is done for the named printer. Normally, account-
ing is done for the default printer (site dependent) or the
value of the environment variable PRINTER is used.
-c flag causes the output to be sorted by cost; usually the out-
put is sorted alphabetically by name.
-m flag causes the host name to be ignored in the accounting
file. This allows for a user on multiple machines to have all
of his printing charges grouped together.
-pprice The value price is used for the cost in dollars instead of the
default value of 0.02 or the price specified in /etc/printcap.
-r Reverse the sorting order.
-s Accounting information is summarized on the summary accounting
file; this summarization is necessary since on a busy system,
the accounting file can grow by several lines per day.
names Statistics are only printed for user(s) name; usually, statis-
tics are printed for every user who has used any paper.
pac formats the output into simple table, using four columns - number of
feets or pages (column "pages/feet"), how many copies were made (column
"runs"), total price for this print (column "price") and user login with
host name (column "login" or "host name and login"). If argument name was
not used and hence pac is printing information for all users, a summary
line with print totals (runs, pages, price) is appended.
Note that pac on other system might print the price as price per copy.
/var/account/?acct raw accounting files
/var/account/?_sum summary accounting files
/etc/printcap printer capability data base
The pac command appeared in 4.0BSD.
The relationship between the computed price and reality is as yet
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