LPRng question and printing in general

Garance A Drosehn gad at FreeBSD.org
Sat Dec 8 22:39:29 PST 2007

At 2:07 PM -0700 12/8/07, Predrag Punosevac wrote:
>I would like to ask people who use LPRng spooling system on FreeBSD
>to clarify something for me.

I have never used LPRng in production, although I know the guys in
our (RPI) CS department used to use it for their printing world.

>I also noticed that PDQ project is completely abandoned by its
>creator. Also LPRng was  abandoned by its creator in 2005 and then
>picked by somebody else.

Hmm.  I haven't used LPRng in awhile, but I used to pay attention
to the mailing list.  The web site:

seems relevant, and talks about Patrick Powell as the author, and
according to that web page the most recent update is 12 Sep 2007
(for LPRng-3.8.32).  I'm pretty sure that Patrick has always been
the driving force behind LPRng.

Perhaps it is the FreeBSD port for building LPRng which has seen
someone new pick it up?  Patrick wouldn't be responsible for our
OS-specific port.

>Is FreeBSD printing essentially reduced to LPD+apsfilter for small
>to medium print networks and CUPS for very complex printing networks
>or LPRng is alive and well.

Heh.  Well, I run a pretty complicated printing environment here at
RPI, based on FreeBSD's lpr and a bunch of custom changes to CAP.
Works well for us, but it probably wouldn't work well for most people.
Hopefully I'll get back to merging some of RPI changes back into
FreeBSD's lpr.

>I tried to get into LPRng mailing lists but they seems are not
>active any more.

I'm not sure what happened to those.  I used to be on them, but every
once-in-awhile the mailing list software would complain that our (RPI)
mail hub was rejecting mail, and would drop me from the mailing list.
After the fourth or fifth time this happened, I stopped adding myself
back onto the list.

Garance Alistair Drosehn     =               drosehn at rpi.edu
Senior Systems Programmer               or   gad at FreeBSD.org
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute;             Troy, NY;  USA

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