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Old 12-18-2005, 12:43 PM   #1
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CUPS alternative


I'm looking for an alternative to cups. I don't do alot of printing and would prefer something lightweight I can use from the command line. I know there's lprng, but I'm not sure if it's a bit out of date by now. It's in /pasture. I recently came across something called lpr-bash, which is a recent release. The only thing is I couldn't get it to work. I've never tried lpr before.

Anyway I'm wondering if anybody else doesn't use cups and if so what they do use. I've got an all-in-one hp printer, although scanning is a problem.
 
Old 12-18-2005, 01:06 PM   #2
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Can't help with the lightweight bit, but you can use cups from the command line
 
Old 12-18-2005, 01:12 PM   #3
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I have been using LPRng on Slackware for many years and have only recently started using CUPS. (Old habbits die hard.) Even though Patrick has retired LPRng to pasture, it still works quite well. CUPS comes with LPR compatibility and you can use lpr, lpq, etc, as well as the CUPS commands (which, I believe, are similar to the SysV lp commands). As for your scanner, good luck there. I would check out linuxprinting.org to see what kind of support your printer has.
 
Old 12-19-2005, 12:58 PM   #4
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Try PDQ -that's Print, Don't Que
http://distro.ibiblio.org/pub/linux/...2.1-i586-1.tgz

This program was suggested to me by a long time user of Amigo. Somewhere I have a very nice HOWTO that goes with it, but I don't find it at the moment.
 
Old 12-19-2005, 03:27 PM   #5
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I tried with lprng and similar for a while and decided in the end to stick with cups. I'd still like to try something else though.
 
Old 12-19-2005, 04:09 PM   #6
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Why? CUPS is the very best thing to happen to printing from Linux. Don't get me started on the piece of &%@# that is lpd.
 
Old 12-20-2005, 05:14 AM   #7
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Cups is definately easier.
 
Old 12-20-2005, 05:44 AM   #8
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I've barely used LPR in the past, but CUPS can be the biggest pain in the ass to work with. I'd love to find a viable alternative. Even troubleshooting, I can't seem to get CUPSd to log any useful information.
 
Old 12-21-2005, 12:20 AM   #9
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LPRng is pretty simple to setup and I've used it will good results, especially with Windows clients printing LPR to my Linux servers. But it's lacking a GUI or web frontend.
 
  


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