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Old 08-18-2005, 03:06 PM   #1
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A Printing Question on default paper size

I have an /etc/printcap file that contains 5 printers. We are printing raw to the network printers. One of the printers (lprinter2) is loaded only with legal paper & a label sheet.

What I need to do is have any terminal that has lprinter2 as its default printer use the 14" paper as its default paper size. We are printing docs from a web based app that every time we send a job the printer ( Lexmark T630) makes us put 11" paper in the bypass tray. We can't keep using the bypass tray as an option, all the docs have to print to the 14" paper. if I change the settings on the preferences on a box, it does print to 14" paper.

Problem is I have to make this change on about 6000 remote boxes.

I have been unsuccessfully trying to set up an lpdfilter. Let alone find anything in a filter to changing the default paper size.

Any help is appreciated !

Piece from the /etc/printcap file :

:cm=lpdfilter method=raw color=yes:\


Old 08-18-2005, 04:36 PM   #2
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Do all these access a print server? I came across this on a Fultus tech doc. (you might have already seen it):

If you have a small network consisting of several (Linux) machines and have set up a print server for it, avoid configuring the printer for each and every client host by enabling the broadcast function of the daemon (see above). Thus, when you modify the configuration (for instance, to use the new standard paper size Letter), it is sufficient to do this once on the server side (also see 6). Although the configuration is saved locally on the server side, it is propagated to all clients in the network with the help of the CUPS tools and the IPP protocol.
It seems to apply to your situation, but without giving more information about your network, I don't know if many of us will be able to help, unless we've had the same problem.


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