How to set up a network-attached printer
wblock at wonkity.com
Sun Oct 14 08:08:55 PDT 2007
perryh at pluto.rain.com wrote:
> Where would I find a specific method for setting up a Samsung ML-2571N
> network-attached PostScript printer in FreeBSD 6.1? I'm hoping for
> something less generic than what I've found in the handbook.
Less generic? I think the Handbook printing section is complicated by
too much detail, or maybe too much of the wrong kind.
Anyway, it's usually three steps:
Set up DNS for the printer:
# for example, in /etc/hosts...
Create print queue dir:
mkdir -p /var/spool/lpd/netlaser
chmod 770 /var/spool/lpd/netlaser
Make /etc/printcap entry with rm= and rp= :
Print to it with
lpr -Pnetlaser file-to-print.ps
For extra points, add another printcap entry for lp: that will print
plain text. /usr/ports/print/enscript* is nice for that, or lots of
people use /usr/ports/print/apsfilter so they can send about anything to
the printer and let it do the conversion.
-Warren Block * Rapid City, South Dakota USA
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