jerry at seibercom.net
Sat Mar 3 12:57:26 UTC 2012
On Sat, 3 Mar 2012 04:03:52 -0800 (PST)
Bill Tillman articulated:
> I'm just a cheap, lazy hack and when faced with a similar problem
> with my Brother Laser printer I opted for the cheap, lazy way out. I
> plugged the printer into a USB port, installed Ghostsctipt (free),
> made a simple printer filter file which redirected the PS input to
> ghostscript, setup the needed spooling directories under /var and
> installed lpd with the -w switch so it would take print jobs from
> wireless laptops which are running on another router in my home. Then
> on each Windows workstation and my son's Mac book, we installed a
> simple PS printer, on the Windows machines I had to install Unix
> Printing Services, then directed these printers to lpr port on my
> FreeBSD server. It works without CUPS, without Samba, it just works.
> I don't know if ghostscript would have a compatible driver for your
> model of printer but it didn't have one for mine either. I just found
> one that was compatible and it's been working now for several years
> without any hassles.
I had an acquaintance who described something similar to me a few years
ago. It is amazing how, if one is willing to do a little investigation,
how to bypass FreeBSD's horrific printer support and actually get
something printed without pulling you hair out. Although it is
certainly not as easy as turning on the printer, having the PC find its
wireless IP address and just print to it (I doubt that FBSD will ever
achieve that level of sophistication) it beats banging your head
against a wall for days trying to achieve a simple level of usability.
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