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Old 02-15-2007, 03:16 AM   #1
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how do you send control codes (condensed print) to printers in RH?

HI all,
I did some serching on "condensed" and "condensed print" "control codes" and did not see anything so here's my problem

I have a customer that would like all print jobs that go to a specific HP-laser printer to be condensed. I've done this many times in unix (SCO IBM etc...) by editing the printer strings directly. I would set up two printers that go to the same device, but one of the printers would have the control codes for condensed print in their init strings. I don't see how to do that in RHES. FRom what I've read linux creates these files on the fly so you really cant edit any type of configuration file.

I have been able to affect print size with the "-o cpi=18" option in the LP command. The print is reduced but it does not look right, almost like its off center.

If someone could give me a link to read, documentation, or some quick pointers I would be very grateful. I've been doing unix since ATT and XeniX and right about now I'm feeling very dumb.

I only have remote access via putty so i do not have access to the GUI client.

I think they are going to have to send me a distro copy if they want me to start supporting this.

thanks in advance for any help.
Old 02-16-2007, 12:44 PM   #2
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Maybe i'm asking the wrong question. How are you controlling printer options in linux? How are you switching modes (compressed, regular etc...) from an lp standpoint? just "-o" options?

does linux even have the ability to send control codes from lp?


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