How to set up a network-attached printer
wblock at wonkity.com
Sun Oct 14 19:26:43 PDT 2007
On Sun, 14 Oct 2007, Chris Hill wrote:
> On Sun, 14 Oct 2007, Warren Block wrote:
>> For extra points, add another printcap entry for lp: that will print plain
> 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:\
Some printers are pickier about the queue name than others; depends on
the print server.
> By using various names separated by pipe symbols, they are all equivalent.
There's not much reason to have more than one name for a printer. I use
lp for text-only queues, and other names for non-text queues.
> Since one of them is lp, you can just send text to the printer and it works,
> $ lpr textfile
>> /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.
Sometimes, depending on the printer. Without a text filter, you might
get the stairstep effect described in the handbook Troubleshooting
section. enscript is nice because it does page numbers and titles and
-Warren Block * Rapid City, South Dakota USA
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