Canon printer and TurboPrint

Polytropon freebsd at
Fri May 29 13:48:26 UTC 2009

On Fri, 29 May 2009 15:35:47 +0200 (CEST), Wojciech Puchar <wojtek at> wrote:
> > output PS when printing (that's a standard), the data can be sent
> > directly to the printer that processes it.
> >
> > In case of PCL, apsfilter is quite okay, but you can "just" employ
> > gs to do the work, so apsfilter is not neededly required. It can
> isn't apsfilter just using gs as backend?

As far as I understood, it is. Driven by a text-mode menu, it
lets you select printer by category and then uses gs to generate
the input fed by an application into the printer's language.
It helps to utilize the system's printer spooler. You can make
settings regarding quality, printer connection, printer name,
and other stuff. It's quite simple and easy to use, in the
case you don't want to "get hands dirty" with /etc/printcap. :-)

Anyway, it allows you to do something that CUPS won't: It lets
you install a printer that is not attached to the system. Yes,
I know, sounds stupid. :-)

At the moment, I'm using it with some help by the de- list.
I've added some extra gs flags to the configuration which is
text file based (very comfortable), now everything works fine
over parallel line. (My next goal is to achieve the same via
network, shouldn't be a problem, worked before.)

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