Brother HL-L2340D printer and lpd?

Victor Sudakov vas at
Tue May 5 10:16:50 UTC 2020

Polytropon wrote:
> On Mon, 4 May 2020 01:55:21 +0700, Victor Sudakov wrote:
> > Russell L. Carter wrote:
> > > 
> > > I print to an HL-L2340DW by using CUPS to remotely print to
> > > a Debian CUPS that has it configured as a "driverless" printer:
> > > 
> > >
> > 
> > Is it connected to the Debian system as a local (USB) printer or a
> > networked printer? 
> > 
> > Nevertheless, I don't want fancy graphics from it, I just need a line
> > printer to print out configs, logs and such. It comes as a surprise to
> > me that I would need "drivers" to print ascii text. It's something every
> > printer understands, including my first dot matrix Epson in 1992 or
> > something where you could print with "type file.txt > lpt1" in DOS.
> That would probably have been:
> or maybe
> Note the : in the "special file name" and the fact that those
> are still reserved names in current "Windows" versions. ;-)

I'm almost sure the colon after "LPT1" or "PRN" was not required, those
were reserved device names even without a colon.

> However, it's really scary that a printer like the one mentioned
> here does not seem to understand ASCII text, even though it
> supports PCL standard (as shown on the specification page).

I've been unable to print anything PCL on it (thank you for your
samples, but no success so far).

> Maybe font licenses were too expensive... ;-)

I would not mind uploading fonts into a line printer. I used to do that
a couple of times from a printcap filter, to print Cyrillic on a Laser
Jet printer without Cyrillic characters.

Victor Sudakov,  VAS4-RIPE, VAS47-RIPN
2:5005/49 at fidonet
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