Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 17774
Direct to port printer does not work
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:37:58 EDT
Running Red Hat 6.2 with kernel 2.2.16-3, and printtool-3.44-1.
Want to use an old HP LaserJet III si with PostScript and hooked directly
to the network. This printer has no built-in lpd daemon, but listens to
port 9100 as described in the Printing Howto at
http://www.linuxprinting.org/howto/network.html#NETWORKED-PRINTERS , in
For testing, the perl script on that page works (with a little hacking, one
has to remove the use of the variables $dpi300 and $dosCr ).
Using printtool, I select "Add", "Direct to port printer", and fill in the
fields "Names" (snorre), "Spool Directory" (/var/spool/lpd/snorre), "File
Limit" (0), "Hostname of Printer" (snorre), "Port number" (9100), "Input
Filter" (*auto* - PostScript with 300x300 and a4) and "Suppress Headers"
The printer is correctly set up, answers on `telnet snorre 9100` , and
sending PostScript code to this port with the mentioned perl script prints
wonderfully. But the lpd daemon, set up (and restarted, of course) with the
settings mentioned over, does not seem to send anything at all. When
spooling something with lpr -Psnorre something.ps , it just disappears.
Nothing in the queue, nothing in /var/log/messages. Adding a
:lf=/var/log/printlog:\ line to the printcap reveals absolutely nothing in
the print log either.
It may be possible to hack the perl script on the page to be used as a
filter, but I think it would be a better solution to make printtool behave
as one would expect.
/usr/lib/rhs/rhs-printfilters/directprint is missing.
* Wed Apr 19 2000 Bill Nottingham <email@example.com>
- add directprint file. *oops*
Just for the record: Will a fix come as an updated rpm? Will it be in RedHat