Deep in printer hell.

FreeBsdBeni freebsdbeni at
Wed Sep 14 11:50:08 PDT 2005

On Wednesday 14 September 2005 09:58, WOB wrote:
> When JFK said, "We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the
> other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard..", I
> always wondered what exactly "the other things" were.  Apparently, one
> of them is printer configuration under FreeBSD.
> If I am using a HP Deskjet 940 connected via parallel cable,  is there
> not some simple way of configuring this printer?
> Is it really necessary to follow all the steps in the handbook - just to
> print?  The "Basic Setup" instructions are 15 pages printed.  Assuming
> you can print them.
> I got this printer working 6 months ago under FreeBSD, and apparently my
> many notes on it are too many.  Now I'm starting from scratch, to
> redocument it, and it just seems like there should be a simpler way.
> I'm using 5.4, Fluxbox, Abiword, and Firefox - that's it.
> Eventually I will figure it out again, I just wanted to know if there
> was some simple script I could run, or "preferred short-cut" for setting
> up desktop printer.  I realize the handbook is written to be precise and
> server-centric, but I just want to print Yahoo driving directions, and
> other such things.
> thanks

For my HP (PhotoSmart) I had to install /print/cups, /print/foomatic-filters 
and /print/hpijs and then configured the printer using the .ppd file from Now I can print from within every program.
Mine is a usb printer, but I suppose your parallel printer should work in a 
similar way.
Hope this helps.
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