While …

libreoffice -p mytextfile.txt

… works fine and without opening a window (like head-less mode, which is what I want to do), Libreoffice is a very big application to solve such a small task.

Mousepad, gedit and kate don't allow printing from the command line, however.

Does another graphical text-editor allow to do it?


[Edit] Not a duplicate of the "how to print from command-line" question, since I don't want to print from command-line but start a graphical text-editor from command-line with a given text-file name, and then this graphical text-editor prints the given text-file with the editor's set font and page size settings.

Libreoffice does do that but it's a huge application, and I'm looking for a smaller graphical application doing the same.

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    Probably because it is too easy to print a text file from the command line, this is not implemented in the editor itself. See duplicate question.
    – vanadium
    Oct 31, 2018 at 12:10
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    Possible duplicate of Print from command line
    – vanadium
    Oct 31, 2018 at 12:10

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The abiword man pages say you can print from the cli

abiword --to=ps --to-name=fd://1 FILENAME | lp

I'm not sure if it works headless though. I don't have a printer setup to test

A further look into the cammand shows abiword is converting the file to ps format saving it to a temporary file and piping it to the lp command.

lp: lp submits files for printing or alters a pending job. Use a filename of "-" to force printing from the standard input.

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