Remote Printing

Mikko Työläjärvi mbsd at
Sat May 14 16:20:50 PDT 2005

On Sun, 15 May 2005, Jonathan Chen wrote:

> On Sat, May 14, 2005 at 03:52:05PM -0700, ya hoo wrote:
>> Hi Guys,
>> I been reading FreeBSd docs on remote pritning.
>> It mostly talks about setting up a local printer.
>> In which case, I could care less about since I want to
>> print to my HP Jetdirect print server.
>> Mainly, I really don't want to install CUPS. I would
>> just like to use the default lp that comes with
>> FreeBSD.
>> Can anyone direct me in the right direction?
> Uncomment/Tweak the following in your /etc/printcap:
>    remote|sample remote printer:\
>        :sh:\
>        :rm=lphost:sd=/var/spool/output/lphost:lf=/var/log/lpd-errs

The print server emulator in HP JetDirect tends to be single threaded,
and so does not respond to requests like "lpq" while printing, which is
why I prefer the method in my previous mail (configuring the printer
as "local" with "lp=<host>@<port>". Queueing is then handled locally).


> Make sure the spool directory exists, create if not there. For your
> installation you don't need an if= attribute. Make sure lpd is
> running, enable within /etc/rc.conf.
>    lpd_enable="YES"        # Run the line printer daemon.
> Cheers.
> -- 
> Jonathan Chen <jonc at>
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