printing problems ....

Martin Alejandro Paredes Sanchez mapsware at
Thu Sep 4 02:20:11 UTC 2014

El Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:53:45 -0500
"William A. Mahaffey III" <wam at> escribió:
> I am trying to get printing working under FBSD 9.3. I cribbed
> printcap info from 
> & tried it out:

Great, you started well, reading the manual

> [root at kabini1, /etc, 10:48:04am] 458 %  service lpd status
> lpd is running as pid 27062.
> [root at kabini1, /etc, 10:48:06am] 459 %  printf "From jaguar:\n1. This 
> printer can print.\n2. This is the second line.\n" | lpr
> [root at kabini1, /etc, 10:48:36am] 460 %  lpq
> no entries

According with the next page

The printer Xerox Phaser 6130N can print plain text, but in
it list PCL6 and PostScript drivers

Since lpq said "no entries", the job was send to the printer, let see
if we can diagnose why nothing was printed

> [root at kabini1, /etc, 10:48:38am] 461 %  (tail printcap )
> #       :lp=/dev/lpt0:sd=/var/spool/output/lpd:lf=/var/log/lpd-errs:
> #
> # ... following cribbed from Athlon-cube, FC14 ;-) ....
> #
> # printer|Xerox Phaser
> # Cups-PDF|
> #
> # ... following cribbed from online FBSD LP docs ....
> #
> lp:lp=:rm=printer:rp=raw:sh:mx#0:sd=/var/spool/lpd/lp:lf=/var/log/lpd-errs:

In the office I have a Xerox WorkCentre 5135 and I use "rp=lp", try
with that, "rp=raw" normally is for HP printers

> Nothing ever comes out of the printer, thought it does light up, it 
> seems to know it got something ....

The job arrived to the printer, but maybe to the wrong queue (rp=raw)

> The same printf stuff above works 
> from the shell CLI on other Linux boxen (CUPS), so the printer can 
> handle straight ASCII text .... TIA for any clues ....

The package CUPS has filters included, the LPD/LPR system included in
the base does not

Even your printcap file does not specify a input-filter (if=)

Read the next post (the part referring to how LPD/LPR works)

In conclusion, try changing rp=lp and let us know what happen

Martin Paredes

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