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Old 05-17-2004, 12:21 PM   #1
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/dev/lp0 not configured correctly?

I am dual booting, windows side works perfectly. I have, what should be, a very simple situation. One parallel port, one PC, HP LaserJet series II <- very standard printer. Working with debian sarge.

I absolutely can not get any acknowledgement of any kind from my printer. I'm certain that the hardware is configured correctly. The following, produces nothing:

# echo "test" > /dev/lp0

The ready light doesn't even blink, absolutely nothing. I don't get an error message either.

# lpinfo -v
network socket
network http
network ipp
network lpd
direct parallel:/dev/lp0

# lpstat -t
scheduler is running
system default destination: LaserJet
device for LaserJet: parallel:/dev/lp0
LaserJet accepting requests since Jan 01 00:00
printer LaserJet is idle. enabled since Jan 01 00:00

Any idea what I can do before I yank debian off my system?
Old 05-17-2004, 03:02 PM   #2
Dead Parrot
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I'm not a printing expert but here are some links that I hope will help you to help yourself.

Debian reference:


Apsfilter worked fine for me in Slackware and FreeBSD (but then I discovered the joys of Debian and CUPS ):

Update: I found a thread that discusses Apsfilter in Debian, and it appears that Debian uses a different command to invoke the Apsfilter config script than Slackware and FreeBSD. Also, according to this discussion, you need to get lpr working before using Apsfilter.

Last edited by Dead Parrot; 05-17-2004 at 03:40 PM.


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