Printer issue

Warren Block wblock at
Sun Apr 1 14:08:31 UTC 2007

On Sun, 1 Apr 2007, Ivan Zenzerović wrote:

> On 4/1/07, Warren Block <wblock at> wrote:
>> lp:\
>>         :lp=/dev/lpt0:\
>>         :sh:\
>>         :sd=/var/spool/zenzo:\
>>         :if=/usr/local/libexec/if-simple:
>> This requires that /usr/local/libexec/if-simple is in place and
>> executable, too.
>> Now you should be able to print with lpr.  However, your printer still
>> doesn't know that linefeed also means carriage return.  So we'll include
>> carriage returns with a test print:
>> lptest 66 79 | perl -ne 's/\n/\r\n/; print' | lpr
>> This should print one page.  If it works, you're almost there.
> I configured it as you said.

Did the test work?

> But, there is another problem, the printer always prints the same 
> trash, and I can't stop it.

There may still be a previous print job in the queue.  You can remove 
all print jobs (if you're logged in as root) by running

   lprm -Plp -

> When I sent him a pdf file it started printing trash and after a lot 
> of restarts and stops and reboots it always prints ther same without 
> stop.

The LJ6L can't directly understand a PDF, and would print binary 
garbage.  So it's doing what it can.

If the test print worked, the next step would be to install ghostscript 
(/usr/ports/print/ghostscript-gpl) and update the printcap file to use 
the ifhp filter as shown in "Simulating PostScript on Non PostScript 
Printers" section of the Handbook.

But that won't work unless the basic printer setup is functional.

-Warren Block * Rapid City, South Dakota USA

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