PAPER(1) User Commands PAPER(1)

paper - print paper size information

paper [OPTION...] [PAPER...|--all]

Print paper size information.

print information about all known paper sizes
print paper names (by default, the name is not printed when only one paper argument is given)
print paper sizes (width followed by height)
print dimensions in the given unit [default: PostScript points]
display this help and exit
display version information and exit

paper prints information about the given paper sizes, which can include the standard form of its name, its width and height. The name is matched case-insensitively, and ignoring spaces.

If neither a paper size nor the --all option is given, the current paper size is used.

The current paper size is obtained by looking in order at the following values until a non-empty value is found. If no paper size is configured, paper exits with an error.

The PAPERSIZE environment variable
The user's default paper size in $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/papersize
The LC_PAPER environment variable (if supported by the system)
The system default paper size in /etc/papersize
The first paper size in the system list
The first paper size in the user's list

Paper size to use.

System default paper size.
User's default paper size.

Written by Reuben Thomas.

Copyright © 2013-2020 Reuben Thomas <>. Released under the GPL version 3, or (at your option) any later version.


October 2020 paper 2.3