Bug 7805 - Ascii print filter failing.
Ascii print filter failing.
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: lpr (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Bernhard Rosenkraenzer
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Reported: 1999-12-14 13:15 EST by Richard Schaal
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-12-14 13:31:03 EST
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Description Richard Schaal 1999-12-14 13:15:23 EST
After configuring a HP LaserJet 6P, I find that I can print postscript test
page with printtool, but the ascii test page fails.

This is after doing the quickie work-around for the failure to find the
parallel port at all.

This failure is not limited to the test page, but is a simple example.  -
all postscript prints that I've tried work, and all ascii text prints

I did not have this problem on another Linux box I have running 5.2 where
printer filter can handle a mix of text and postscript without problem.
There I had an epson ST800C printer.
Comment 1 Bernhard Rosenkraenzer 1999-12-14 13:31:59 EST
That is perfectly normal. The HP LaserJet 6P can't print ASCII. It's a
PostScript only printer.
Printing ASCII in Linux just sends raw text to the printer, which the HP LJ 6P
doesn't handle.

You can use an ASCII to PostScript converter, such as mpage or a2ps, to print
plain text.
Comment 2 Richard Schaal 1999-12-14 14:19:59 EST
Can you give a pointer to how to install a smart print filter that can do the
right thing?  I have such a filter, but need a little guidance on putting it
Comment 3 Riley H Williams 1999-12-14 17:40:59 EST
Related to this, although not part of the same problem, is it possible to
configure the Linux print server to have a "printer" that forwards the print
request to a remote printer on the system the user is telnet'd in from?
Comment 4 Richard Schaal 1999-12-14 21:59:59 EST
The initial response was BOGUS.  The capability to print a mix of input types is
already in the print system.  The answer to the question is to deselect the
"Fast text printing (non-PS printers only)" - this causes the input to be
converted to postscript | ghostscript filter.
Comment 5 Richard Schaal 1999-12-15 02:22:59 EST
As far as controlling which printer is used based upon user login - if you can
control the "PRINTER" environment variable you have it made.  Good Luck.!
Comment 6 uart 2000-01-09 21:54:59 EST
Having similar problems with my HP-DJ 540 Text worked under RH5.2, but now only
postscript test will print. Not a mission critical prob, as i usually only need
to print from WordPerfect or Netscape, but it still kinda irks me.

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