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I have a Lexmark z12 printer on parport 1 (says parport0 on startup) and it doesn't work right off the bat. I have never been able to print in linux but if someone could help me or at least try it would be great.
The only way I got printers to work easily was with Mandrake. I pointed and clicked a few times and it pulled up the HP, Lexmark, and the shitty Canon I had. All that is history now, though. You might wanna check out the Gentoo forums. They're friendly and helpful and their source-based install philosophy might lend itself to good explanations of the root of things.
One FLASH! You have enabled parport in your kernel. Did you compile in parport_pc ?
Never installed it, so I'm not an expert in the install procedure. Possibly, but it may have been overlooked. In my Debian Woody install, it was easy to miss, as you go through the menus picking what you think oyu need in the kernel, and some of the stuff is not descriptive as to what it is. Better to check your dmesg output and see if it loads (lsmod first and see if its loaded as a module)
Look what I found! http://www.linuxprinting.org/piperma...q3/001137.html This is a post I googled with the terms 'slackware lexmark z12' Seems that your printer won't work as is. You'll have to modify the source. Looks like the instructions are useful enough to get somewhere...
I'll have to get back to you on that. Ghostscript is the open version of Adobe's postscript. It needs to be at least emulated so printers can understand their input. That's about all I know of printing for the moment. When I decide what to replace my 4 pieces of junk without ink with, I'll be back with the install details somewhere.lol
If you are using Slack 9.1, then you also have access to the magic filter called apsfilter. It is a front end to ghostscript that translates many different file formats into postscript format. From postscript, printing is completed using the lpr command.
Apsfilter may not be as popular as CUPS, but it is likely a little easier to set up . it works using just the lpr and lpc set of commands and is very compatible with most applications in X that require a printer. Make sure you have installed apsfilter and lpd from the AP disk set and then you are ready to go to usr/share/apsfilter to start the SETUP procedure. I
Once the ghostscript filter is installed through apsfilter, you only need to use a command like lpr <filename> to print a document of most any type. For manipulating your print queue, you would use the lpc series of commands. If you are interested in this method of printing, you can read more about it at http://www.apsfilter.org
or just read Patrick Volkerding's instructions about it in his "Welcome to Slackware Linux" e-mail message that is sent to root upon completion of the installation program. Just type in "mail" as root and look at the list of two e-mail messages sent from him. One is for the linux counter and the other contains basic configuration hints and instructions.