Is it time to retire the scanner ?

Valeri Galtsev galtsev at
Sun Oct 23 14:51:07 UTC 2016

On Sun, October 23, 2016 8:58 am, Steve O'Hara-Smith wrote:
> On Sun, 23 Oct 2016 13:53:34 +0200
> Polytropon <freebsd at> wrote:
>> On FreeBSD, getting that printer to work in CUPS requires no big
>> efforts, you don't even need the PPD file. You even don't _need_
>> to use CUPS as you can print PS directly to the printer - no
>> driver needed, only a printer spooler. And this hasn't changed
>> in 10 years...
> 	`
> 	Probably not in the previous 10 years too (well it's almost 2017
> and the LJ4000 came out in 1997), I know for sure that you could spool PS
> to a Laserjet 4 with lpr/lpd under FreeBSD because I did just
> that.

And to add to that, HP keeps making supplies for their this old printers.
We do have HP LaserJet 4050 in our Department which was purchased around
2001 or 2002. Still works, HP still makes toners. Kudos HP! (To the
contrary to Xerox who one day decided to go bad, don't get me started ...)


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Valeri Galtsev
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Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics
University of Chicago
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