How to set up a network-attached printer
chris at monochrome.org
Sun Oct 14 12:49:40 PDT 2007
On Sun, 14 Oct 2007, Warren Block wrote:
> For extra points, add another printcap entry for lp: that will print
> plain text.
I did something essentially identical to what Warren outlined, and it's
worked fine for many years now, since long before I'd ever heard of
CUPS. Here's the printcap entry:
# HP color laser
lp|snow|snowball|lj|ps|HP ColorLaserJet 4550N:\
By using various names separated by pipe symbols, they are all
equivalent. Since one of them is lp, you can just send text to the
printer and it works, e.g.
$ lpr textfile
I think that "lp" being the first entry makes it lpr's default; not
positive about that.
> /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.
The printer should already know how to print text. Just send it via lpr;
no additional software needed.
Chris Hill chris at monochrome.org
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