DEC Runoff to any modern format conversion or DEC MSCP protocol specs

Paul Koning paulkoning at
Thu Jun 4 15:25:49 CDT 2015

> On Jun 4, 2015, at 3:53 PM, Mark Wickens <mark at> wrote:
> Someone (possibly me) surely can process the files with dec runoff
> directly? Doesnt it support postscript output?

Not any version I have ever seen; they all produce plain lineprinter output (with overprinting for things like underlining).  You can of course take the formatted output and run it through a simple postprocessor like pstext.

Some versions of troff can produce PostScript (current Linux or Darwin ones, for example) so if you can do runoff->troff then you have a direct path to PostScript.  But you’re right, if someone would offer to run an actual RUNOFF on the sources, that would be a good approach.  I could do it on a RSTS system, which might work provided the source doesn’t use VMS-specific Runoff features.


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