Best way to do network printing with parallel inkjet printer?

Warren Block wblock at
Wed Apr 14 16:31:43 PDT 2004

On Wed, 14 Apr 2004, Nicholas Jackson wrote:

> I have an Epson inkjet printer (Stylus Color 740) that I have working
> with apsfilter.
> However, I have not been able to get it working as a network printer
> (as well as local) with Ghostscript yet.
> Where is the best description of a good way to get this working? The
> cups, documentation, for example, is not very intuitive...

Generally, you set up the client computers to send to lpd on the print
server computer by adding an entry to /etc/printcap on each client:


"netprinter" is the name of the printer as the client will refer to it.
"myprintserver" is the hostname or IP address of the print server
computer, and "myprintqueue" is the name of the queue from the print
server's /etc/printcap.

You also need the hostnames of the clients in /etc/hosts.lpd.

Note that you should not use print filtering software on the clients
(for example, apsfilter on the clients as well as on the server).
Converting client output for a printer, and then sending it to the
network print server where it is converted again, is bad in several

-Warren Block * Rapid City, South Dakota USA

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