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I upgraded my Slackware "current" from 2.4.29 to 2.6.10. I made initrd.gz and I checked to make sure udev was being used. The udev.conf file does not mention any lp0's for parallel ports. The two unsupported.conf files do mention them at different locations. One mentions them at /dev/lp0, the other at /dev/printers/lp0.
What is the best way for me to get my parallel port listed in the devices folder?
Originally posted by trigggl I didn't compile the kernel. I used the standard one from /testing in Slackware "current".
My mistake. I didn't know you could download new kernels for Slack. To be honest the standard Slack kernels don't work very well on my hardware so the first thing I do when I install Slack is roll my own.
Originally posted by Andrew Benton My mistake. I didn't know you could download new kernels for Slack. To be honest the standard Slack kernels don't work very well on my hardware so the first thing I do when I install Slack is roll my own.
Precompiled kernels never work as well as custom ones.
Originally posted by ValidiusMaximus Be a man! Download the latest kernel source and custom compile a kernel. www.kernel.org
If you do, dont forget to get the latest module-init-tools as well or modprobe, lsmod, and insmod will be broken.
I am not one who shies away from compiling my own kernel and I have done it before, but my Slackware install is the one I'm trying to get my whole family to use and they won't use it if I'm constantly breaking things, like I am now. The whole reason I even put the 2.6 kernel on my Slackware install was to use it to build my Linux From Scratch installation. In fact, I wouldn't even be working on the printing problem right now if my wife weren't constantly trying to print. If I don't fix it, she'll be back on the Windows install in a flash.
Thanks Andrew, I see that you and I have the same taste in Linux. I have a feeling that that is exactly what I need to do.
Something still isn't happening. The parallel port was placed at /dev/printers/0. In CUPS, that was labeled as the Parallel Port. I modprobed and it still won't print. There are four jobs that are just sitting there waiting.
Well, when in doubt, start at the rc.S file and work your way forward. I finally found the answer. rc.S calls rc.modules. rc.modules is a sym link to rc.modules-2.6.10. The parallel port and parallel printer sections were commented out. I uncommented them, rebooted and pointed the printer back where it was in the first place. It's printing as I type.