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Old 11-29-2002, 06:25 PM   #1
Registered: Nov 2002
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printing in linux driving me insane

I have a lexmark z23 printer that just cannot be installed. I have Mandrake 8.0, and I got the drivers for it from the disks. I installed the drivers, and it seemed that it was fine; the printcap file showed my printer with data below. Yet when I entered the lpr command- "lpr -Plexmarkz33 myfile" the following error message occured : "could not print file: server-error-service unavailable." I had also checked in linuxconf, clicked periphials, and printers, and an error message came up saying that it couldn't locate the lpd command in /usr/sbin. Does printing in Mandrake linux require both LPRng and lpd? And what does the lpr error mean? THanks alot.
Old 11-29-2002, 08:49 PM   #2
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if service is unavailable... check to see if the lpd daemon is even running or installed.

Old 11-29-2002, 10:00 PM   #3
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LPRng and lpd are mutually exclusive, and both suck. For your printing
solutions, I suggest you get CUPS, which should be on your Mandrake
install disk, but if it isn't it's here:

or here (out of date version, but should install on MDK8.0):

Last edited by moses; 11-29-2002 at 10:03 PM.


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