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Old 09-21-2010, 11:38 AM   #1
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Trying to get information from a remote printer


Hi All,

I'm just wondering how possible it is if at all to get information out from remote printers?

Mainly i'd like to know the printer trays the printer has available and how the printer has assigned names to those trays, in order for me to send print jobs to specific print trays and know that i'm using the correct tray name whereas currently its a guess and thus probably not working.

Thanks and regards,
m

I have lpr and have printcap file set-up and have no problems in printing, I just want to be able to specify more options and in order to do this i feel i need to probe the printer somehow to find out what options are available?

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Old 09-21-2010, 02:06 PM   #2
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Hi All,

I'm just wondering how possible it is if at all to get information out from remote printers?

Mainly i'd like to know the printer trays the printer has available and how the printer has assigned names to those trays, in order for me to send print jobs to specific print trays and know that i'm using the correct tray name whereas currently its a guess and thus probably not working.

Thanks and regards,
m

I have lpr and have printcap file set-up and have no problems in printing, I just want to be able to specify more options and in order to do this i feel i need to probe the printer somehow to find out what options are available?
That's a big "it depends", kind of answer. Some printers will respond to SNMP queries, some won't. You don't say what kind of printer(s) you're trying to probe, on what version/distro of Linux, so it's hard to say.

Try to use snmpwalk against the addresses in question, and see what it returns. The printer vendors may also have a utility to get that info.
 
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Old 09-22-2010, 03:57 AM   #3
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What a great yet simples idea
Thank-you Kindly!
 
  


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