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Old 10-29-2006, 10:55 AM   #1
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Postscript Printer Redirect on Linux

I have a HP Color Laserjet 3500 printer which I would like to share with my windows machines via samba. The printer is set up and works fine on Linux, as well as over the network with windows XP 32-bit. My issue is that HP does not make a driver for this printer for Windows XP 64-bit which I run on my primary computer, and so I cannot print to this printer on that computer.

A while back I had this printer connected to a PC running windows xp 32bit and found a how-to that explained how to create a pseudo postscript printer and redirect it using ghostscript and redmon. This generic postscript printer could then be shared regardless of OS or drivers. I need to do the same thing again, but this time on Linux and I don't know how!

Though reasarch, I have a bit of a feel for what commands need to run (ghostscript, lp etc.) but I have no idea how to put it togeather into a postscript printer that I can simply print to.

This system is running Fedora Core 6, which uses the CUPS printing system.

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This could be a good starting point. Basically you would use any generic postcript printer in windows to use your fake printer. The myprint command would take the ps spooled file, convert it to a pdf file and then print it using the lpr command to the HP.
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Thanks! I got this to work. For some reason I couldn't get ghostscript to do what I wanted, but I just used that example to generate a pdf and wrote a little script to send it to the printer via cups and clean up. It takes a little longer due to the need to generate a pdf, but that's not really a issue for me.


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