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Old 01-19-2004, 03:09 PM   #1
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printing with apsfilter to HP laser printer

Hi guys, this is my first post here.

After installing slackware 9.1 on my Dell Inspiron 8200, I got a nice email
from Patrick Volkerding saying, among other things, that in his opinion,
using apsfilter is the way to go with printing.

So I tried running /usr/share/apsfilter/SETUP, and had some partial success.
I can now print plain text files, but I can't seem to print postscipt files.
The printer is an HP LaserJet 8500. My /etc/printcap file is below.

I used to use RedHat ("use" is the key word here), to typeset LaTeX
and TeX documents, among other things.

Any ideas? TIA.


# /etc/printcap
# See "man printcap" for information on editing this file.
# In most cases it is better to use a tool to write the printcap
# for you (at least initially), such as apsfilter
# (/usr/share/apsfilter/SETUP, used in conjunction with the
# LPRng lpd daemon), or with the web interface provided by the
# cupsd print daemon at this URL: (deleted so I can post
# (if you use CUPS).
# APS1_BEGINrinter1
# - don't delete start label for apsfilter printer1
# - no other printer defines between BEGIN and END LABEL
# APS1_END - don't delete this
Old 01-19-2004, 05:20 PM   #2
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Did you install Ghostscript? I use CUPS so I installed ESP Ghostscript and it works well with my HP Laserjet 1100 but APFL Ghostscript may work as well
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Yes, Ghostscript is installed. The command "gs --version" tells me 7.05.6. And I am using gv to preview ps files. When I ran the /usr/share/apsfilter/SETUP script, the second last step was to print a test page. At that time, apsfilter printed the file But when I go to the command line and try "lpr" it doesn't print, although the lpq command shows that it is there in the queue.

I believe the printer I'm using is a postscript printer, so do I even need to be using apsfilter?
Old 03-06-2004, 12:22 PM   #4
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To use apsfilter on non-ASCII files, use
lpr -P lp <filename>.

Ghostscript only translates various file types into ghostscript and the command for the translation is placed in /etc/apsfilterrc when you do a ./SETUP from /usr/share/apsfilter.
I think PV says that about apsfilter because it is easier by comparison to set up the LPD system than CUPS. I


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