printing to BR-Script using CUPS with generic postscript driver
andrewlylegould at gmail.com
Mon May 26 13:37:39 UTC 2014
As a follow-up for anyone who searches for this issue in the future:
I purchased a Brother HL-5470DW and added it to my home network using its
wireless features and a static IP address.
I tried to use CUPS and various (generic and foomatic) postscript drivers
and both LPR and Socket connections. The LPR connection didn't work. The
Socket connection was successful; but printing any page resulted in a blank
page. This was true for FreeBSD and Ubuntu. This was also consistent with
other postings, elsewhere on the internet.
I tried using the printcap method offered by Gyrd. This worked, but
printing text files resulted in the classic stair-step printing output.
Accepting that I was on the right path, I decided to let apsfilter do the
What finally worked was using apsfilter via LPR, the generic postscript
driver and auto document detection.
Best of luck,
On Tue, May 6, 2014 at 5:50 AM, Gyrd Thane Lange <gyrd-se at thanelange.no>wrote:
> Den 06. mai 2014 04:11, skrev Andrew Gould:
> I'm considering the purchase of a Brother laser jet printer (HL5470DW or
>> HL6180DW). According to the specifications, the printer uses BR-Script3.
>> According to Brother's website, "BR-Script3 is PostScript®3™ compatible".
>> Has anyone printed successfully to a BR-Script printer using CUPS and the
>> generic postscript driver?
> I have a Brother HL-3070CW (with BR-Script 3 and PCL6) that I am very
> happy with. It will print most anything you throw at it. You don't even
> need CUPS. Here is my printcap file. I just send the PostScript directly to
> the printer.
> cat /etc/printcap
> # Using direct port on printer
> lp|ps|brother|Brother HL-3070CW:\
> :lp=9100 at brother-wl:sd=/var/spool/lpd/brother:lf=/var/log/
> # Using the built-in job manager in printer
> brother2|Brother HL-3070CW (LPD):\
> The printer is easy to setup. Just let it get an initial IP address via
> cabled LAN and you can use the printers own browser based configuration
> service to set up Wireless and other settings. (Other configuration methods
> also exist).
> Best regards,
> Gyrd ^_^
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