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Old 07-22-2004, 01:41 PM   #1
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Setting a dummy printer in Red Hat 2.1

Hi guys,
I would like to creat a dummy printer so it can act as my holding report queue. Because of the application that I am running, I can only direct output to a printer and printer only. Therefore, I went and create a printer with a bogus IP address and not enabled the printer at all. I successfully created the printer and sent some pages to printer, but after awhile, my test print job dissapeared. Can a person creates a dummy queue or a dummy printer? Or yet, would it be another precedure to do this?

Please help!!

Thank you in advance.

Old 08-18-2004, 10:20 PM   #2
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set the printer to output to a file, when you go to setup a printer (in redhat)

open a terminal, run


click new
type name of printer
in queue type, press locally connected, then hit custom device
type in the name of a text file that is accessable by anyone (chmod 777 filename)

hit raw print queue

then print to it and you should be ok

this should hopefully do it, if it doesnt lemme know, and ill take a look
Old 08-19-2004, 10:31 AM   #3
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Hi adamwenner,
I tried your recommendation and here's the result;
./usr/bin/redhat-config-printer: No such file or directory - I also tried running this utility without the period (.) and same result.

So, I used kde gui and added the device like you said. I sent an ascii text file to test it out and I did not see my test file. Here are the files that currently in the lpd directory
control.test-po status test-po unspooler.test-po
log status.test-po test-po.acct VOLATILE
Where is my file? And how can I test a raw file to this device?

Thanks for your help!



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