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Old 03-12-2011, 02:07 AM   #1
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Virtual printer

Could someone please help me set up a virtual printer?

i need this because our printer can't work on Linux because there is no Linux driver for it.

There is a good description using the /etc/printcap file here :

but there is no printcap installed for Zenwalk.If a printcap file is created how would i get cups to use it?Or is there a better way?

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Old 03-12-2011, 06:46 AM   #2
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I'm not sure what you're trying to do. I've never heard of a
virtual printer.

It sounds like you want to have a printer in cups, even though
it won't print to a real printer. If that's the case, you can
create a PDF printer. This gives you a printer you can use in
your applications and it makes pdf files.

I don't know what packages are available for Zenwalk. Try
searching for CUPS-pdf.
Old 03-12-2011, 12:03 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply.
I'm testing some .NET printing programs under mono.What i need is a Linux equivalent to a Windows XPS printer, that prints to any document.This is a virtual printer.There's lots of types for Windows but none for Linux.
I think i'm going to have to bite the bullet,and try to print from Zenwalk through the Windows pc.


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