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Old 02-03-2005, 12:26 PM   #1
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Strange Cups Performance

So earlier this week I brought up a new machine with FreeBSD 5.3-RELEASE. This isn't my first time using FreeBSD but I have to say I'm not nearly as familure with it as I am Linux.

Anyway, I decided to move my IPP Printer Server (aka cups server) to the FreeBSD box. I used ports to install cups- Configuration went just fine.

What I can't figure out is why cups is taking so long to print anything. It does work, the documents do get printed out correctly. However, it is taking forever for it to happen. The printer comes to life almost immediatly whether I'm printing directly from the FreeBSD box or over the network via IPP. However, it seams to only print about 1 line per second as appose to the usual 6-10 ppm.

Anyway have any ideas?

Just to give you an idea of the full setup, I'm using pmn2ppa-1.12 with a Deskjet 720C and the foomatic script stuff to interface the two.

List of all print related ports packages I've installed:

Also, if it helps anyone:

dmesg Parallel I/O Startup
ppc0: <Standard parallel printer port> port 0x378-0x37b irq 7 on acpi0
ppc0: Generic chipset (EPP/NIBBLE) in COMPATIBLE mode
ppbus0: <Parallel port bus> on ppc0
ppbus0: IEEE1284 device found /NIBBLE/ECP
Probing for PnP devices on ppbus0:
plip0: <PLIP network interface> on ppbus0
lpt0: <Printer> on ppbus0
lpt0: Interrupt-driven port
ppi0: <Parallel I/O> on ppbus0
interesting dmesg message
stray irq7
Interrupt storm detected on "irq7: lpt0"; throttling interrupt source
stray irq7

Last edited by jtshaw; 02-03-2005 at 12:48 PM.
Old 02-03-2005, 12:57 PM   #2
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Ok.... I figured out a way to fix the problem. Apparently the default setting for hw.intr_storm_threshold is 500 which is way to low for printing. Setting it up to around 20,000 does the trick


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