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Old 12-10-2002, 06:00 PM   #1
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printing problems in RedHat 8.0


Hi,
None of my applications can see the printers that I have installed through the RedHat printer GUI. I can print test pages perfectly from the printer manager but I have no idea how to get any other application to list the installed printers. Could someone please tell me what I am missing here?
 
Old 12-10-2002, 06:20 PM   #2
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Are you sure your printer daemon is running? eg: lpd
Are you using lpr or cups?
 
Old 12-10-2002, 07:52 PM   #3
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Thanks for your reply bulliver. I am running lpd. As far as the print daemon running, I asumed it was since I am able to print test pages.
 
Old 12-10-2002, 08:41 PM   #4
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Not neccesarily. lpd is what listens for requests to print from the systems users (in this case, just you). type "ps aux" at a command line and see if lpd is running. if it isn't navigate "system settings -> services" and you can set it to run at boot from a gui. make sure that the box for "lpd" is checked. press "restart" and lpd will start on the spot.
 
Old 12-10-2002, 10:00 PM   #5
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bulliver,
I have followed your instructions. ldp is running and it starts on boot. I am basically trying to print from open office but all I get in the printer list is 'generic printer' which does not print.
By the way I was not aware of the 'ps aux' command. I will find this very useful, thank you.
 
Old 12-10-2002, 10:51 PM   #6
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Hmm, the drop-down-menu on the print gui (in openoffice) should let you switch between "generic" and "LPR/LPRng print system"? It should be labeled "print system currently in use" or something like. Sorry I cannot help more.

Anybody else reading this that has ideas?

btw: "ps" is the command (print status). "aux" are just flags you can add to the command. There are a great many flags you can add to show all sorts of different processes, and the relationships between them (ie: processes that spawn children). "man ps" will tell you more than you ever wanted to know.
 
Old 12-10-2002, 11:13 PM   #7
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Thanks for all your time bulliver. I do appreciate your help
 
Old 01-11-2003, 11:42 PM   #8
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I've got the exact same problem, only one 'generic' printer shows up in OO.

In your OpenOffice directory, there's a program called spadmin. This allows you to add another printer if you happen to have one of the few printers listed there.

Have you tried to remove OO and reinstall it?

I'm still hoping that someone, somewhere has had this problem and sees this post.

lpd is up and running. etc/printcap shows the proper settings for my Brother 1440 printer. I've got to believe that there's someplace that you can tell OO where to look for your system default printer.
 
  


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