printing to Kyocera FS-1030D

Roland Smith rsmith at
Thu Aug 4 21:29:56 UTC 2011

On Wed, Aug 03, 2011 at 05:41:44PM +0100, Chris Whitehouse wrote:
> Hi,
> before I use up too many trees experimenting, could some kind soul tell 
> me how I can get OpenOffice to print to this printer. This is the first 
> time I have tried to get anything printed from FreeBSD.
> I'm following the handbook. I think the basic setup is ok, I can get 
> text printed using eg
> # lptest 20 5 | lpr -Plp
> If I try to print the postscript program given in the handbook
> %!PS
> 100 100 moveto 300 300 lineto stroke
> 310 310 moveto /Helvetica findfont 12 scalefont setfont
> (Is this thing working?) show
> showpage
> # cat <ps-file> |lpr -Plp
> I get the whole text of the file not just "Is this thing working?".
> The printer has various emulations, it is set to PCL 6 and I can't 
> change it (not my printer)

That is a pity. Just so you know, if you'd be able to switch it to PostScript
(of which it seems capable) you'd be more or less done.

> Printing from OpenOffice just produces screeds of garbage, starting with 
> %!PS so I presume the text of the postscript that OO has produced.


> The bit I'm stuck on is in section Simulating PostScript on Non 
> PostScript Printers (which I presume is what I need), specifically 
> setting the device. gs -h doesn't show this printer or any Kyocera 
> printer. So either what should I set Device to, or how do I get 
> ghostscript to know about this printer?

There are several possible drivers you could use; pcl3 pxlmono pxlcolor.
The gutenprint (a.k.a. gimp-print) driver also supports your printer directly.

I would start with the pcl3 driver if you want to go with the standard lpd.

However, I'd recommend that you take the time and install and configure

> I'm using 8.1-RELEASE,, ghostscript8-8.71_6

Do you know that ghostscript9 is in ports?

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