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Date:      Tue, 5 May 2020 17:16:42 +0700
From:      Victor Sudakov <vas@sibptus.ru>
To:        Polytropon <freebsd@edvax.de>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: Brother HL-L2340D printer and lpd?
Message-ID:  <20200505101642.GA16244@admin.sibptus.ru>
In-Reply-To: <20200504085053.9bcf8d9d.freebsd@edvax.de>
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Polytropon wrote:
> On Mon, 4 May 2020 01:55:21 +0700, Victor Sudakov wrote:
> > Russell L. Carter wrote:
> > >=20
> > > I print to an HL-L2340DW by using CUPS to remotely print to
> > > a Debian CUPS that has it configured as a "driverless" printer:
> > >=20
> > > https://wiki.debian.org/CUPSDriverlessPrinting
> >=20
> > Is it connected to the Debian system as a local (USB) printer or a
> > networked printer?=20
> >=20
> > Nevertheless, I don't want fancy graphics from it, I just need a line
> > printer to print out configs, logs and such. It comes as a surprise to
> > me that I would need "drivers" to print ascii text. It's something every
> > printer understands, including my first dot matrix Epson in 1992 or
> > something where you could print with "type file.txt > lpt1" in DOS.
>=20
> That would probably have been:
>=20
> 	> TYPE FILE.TXT > LPT1:
>=20
> or maybe
>=20
> 	> COPY FILE.TXT PRN:
>=20
> Note the : in the "special file name" and the fact that those
> are still reserved names in current "Windows" versions. ;-)

I'm almost sure the colon after "LPT1" or "PRN" was not required, those
were reserved device names even without a colon.

>=20
>=20
> However, it's really scary that a printer like the one mentioned
> here does not seem to understand ASCII text, even though it
> supports PCL standard (as shown on the specification page).

I've been unable to print anything PCL on it (thank you for your
samples, but no success so far).

> Maybe font licenses were too expensive... ;-)

I would not mind uploading fonts into a line printer. I used to do that
a couple of times from a printcap filter, to print Cyrillic on a Laser
Jet printer without Cyrillic characters.

--=20
Victor Sudakov,  VAS4-RIPE, VAS47-RIPN
2:5005/49@fidonet http://vas.tomsk.ru/

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