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Date:      Mon, 20 Sep 1999 12:17:21 +1200 (NZST)
From:      Jonathan Chen <>
To:        Jeanette Parker <>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG
Subject:   Re: Printing
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <000001bf02ef$773710c0$6664bcbc@vaio>

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On Sun, 19 Sep 1999, Jeanette  Parker wrote:

> Hello World,
> At least that is what I would like to print.  But I can't get freeBSD to
> drive my printer (HP Deskjet 820cse)
> I have used MAKEDEV to make lpt0, it's there in /dev now.
> Then I typed in dmesg | grep lpt0, and got the following:
>      lpt0: <generic printer> on ppbus 0
>      lpt0: interupt-driven port
> Next I try:
>   lp -d lpt0 Hello
> and get
>   lpr: lpt0: unknown printer
> Also, I can't get any response from lptest > /dev/lpt0
> I have read the book and the online handbook.  Now I am at my wits end
> (arrrgghhh).

Did you read the part about setting up /etc/printcap? lp, lpr will
not work unless you've set this up correctly.

Jonathan Chen
                   Live your own life, for you will die your own death

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