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Old 01-23-2004, 09:56 AM   #1
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CUPS and LPR printing

I know that this is a very newbie question, but ....

I'm using SuSE linux v9 and running samba to allow windows systems to share files. I've been able to add printers which are connected via JetDirect cards simply by adding them under yast as remote LPR printers and these are then available under samba.

I can easily print from windows systems by using the windows drivers and directing them to the samba server.

Here's my problem! I want to be able to print to these printers (or at least one of them) from linux! I know it sounds easy, but when I add the printer (an HP LaserJet 5Si) as an LPR printer, I don't get an option as to what type of printer I'm connecting. If I connect it directly to the parallel port, then I get asked for the make/model, as an LPR printer it seems to assume a postscript printer (judging by the printed output!).

Can I tell linux that I don't want postscript output to this port but would prefer PCL?

Now there's also the option of CUPS. Is there any advantage in using this? If so, where do I go from here?

Old 01-23-2004, 11:56 AM   #2
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on yast's printer set-up you need to tick the option for local filtering. you should then be able to tell it what model the printer is.
Old 01-23-2004, 02:17 PM   #3
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I have a problem since 2 months. I have RH9 server it has cups server. and all clients has lpd server.
All printers are connected in lpd server machine. while i am setting up cups server in RH9.0 i mentioned as printer connected in particular machine name.
Problem is if i sent print command in cups server its using proper driver and filter then printing fine. But if i print it from lpd client then the job goes to cups server then cups server will decide where to sent the particular job.
What changes i have to do in cups server , if i send print job from lpd client to cups server then it will send to other lpd client which is printer connected machine.
Printing is coming out if i print from lpd client to cups server, but only empty paper or some unknown fonts coming .
anyidea ?.

thanks ,



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