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Old 10-04-2004, 09:56 AM   #1
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printing MICR font from Linux shell

I've been trying unsucessfully for a few days to print checks using the MICR font from a shell in Linux. From what I understand in order to have the font display correctly I need to send escape codes to the printer before I print. This same font works fine in Windows, and the printer is a Troy security printer (HP LJ 4200).

The manual lists the escape code as:


But I'm not sure how to send it to the printer. I've read the Printing-HOWTO but it references /etc/printcap which on my new version of RedHat is no longer used. I also read up on filters but I could not find any on my system after doing extensive searches, and the /etc/printcap is where you reference filters but like I said my /etc/printcap only contains my printer name and nothing else. I'm at version 9 and to configure CUPS I used printconf, which is Redhat's printer config utility. I should mention that the printer works fine from Linux (I print with lpr) but it uses a simulated font for MICR.

I understand what I'm supposed to do I just am not sure how to do it. Also I sometimes see escape as ^] and other times as //033/, and given the escape code above is everything except for the <Esc> supposed to be sent literally or does "<Esc>(" mean escape parenthesis? As you can see I'm confused, and I would appreciate any help.

Thanks in advance,

Jim Boyce
Old 10-04-2004, 10:44 AM   #2
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I should have mentioned that the file I am trying to print is a PDF file which uses the MICR font at the bottom of the check.


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