Network Printing recommendations please
cswiger at mac.com
Thu Mar 8 22:04:57 UTC 2007
On Mar 8, 2007, at 1:02 PM, Andy Kendall wrote:
[ ...and... ]
On Mar 8, 2007, at 1:27 PM, Andy Kendall wrote:
> I've just built my 6v2 box and all is going well so far. I've read the
> manual and understand LPD and directly attached printers. The
> manual however
> is pretty minimal when it comes to network-based printers,
> (netprint), and
> only mentions LPRng and CUPS on a single page briefly. I understand
> it's probably because they're not direct FreeBSD products but this
> help a newb-to-FreeBSD like me. I only want to build the foundation
> once, so, any recommendations please on what to install/configure?
> this doesn't start a bikeshed).
You can use the stock lpd to print to remote/network-attached
printers just fine-- use the rm and rp arguments in printcap to
specify the remote printer's hostname (or IP address, possibly )
and spoolname...for JetDirect printers, use "lp" as the spool name,
Some other people seem to be happy with CUPS, and I believe MacOS X
adopted CUPS as well rather than the classic lpd. I've never been a
big fan of turning electronic documents into dead trees myself, so I
don't have strong recommendations for one versus the other.
> Apologies if this is the wrong forum or invalid posting, please
This is the right forum, and welcome. One might wish to be a bit
more patient about receiving replies, however, at least if you
intended to repost so quickly....
: Some flavors of Unix insist upon having printer hostnames being
well-defined in DNS or /etc/hosts, and do not support IP addresses in
printcap. I don't recall whether than limitation is present in
FreeBSD, or just a legacy from platforms like AIX or SCO....
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