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Date:      Thu, 24 Oct 1996 20:05:33 -0700 (PDT)
From:      Doug White <>
To:        "Eric J. Schwertfeger" <>
Cc:        FreeBSD Questions <questions@FreeBSD.ORG>
Subject:   Re: printing to printer on novell net
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <Pine.BSF.3.95.961024070705.23183A-100000@harlie>

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Sorry to horribly butt in on this conversation, but you appear to know
something about JetDirect cards.  :)

On Thu, 24 Oct 1996, Eric J. Schwertfeger wrote:

> > This was so helpful, but I ran into a problem.  My printjobs go 
> > through, but no formfeed is sent at the end.  I have read printcap 
> > 101 times, and tried just about everything I can think of.  Am I 
> > missing something easy?  I put the printcap entry exactly like you 
> > have it (except the rm field).
> No. the rp=text field is supposed to handle that, and turn of the
> staircasing effect.  How old is your Jet Direct card, and what printer is
> it in?

I'm having this problem on a JetDirect-enabled HP LJet 4MPlus with
firmware rev A.03.06.  I haven't tried the text printer (I tried lp) and
will tomorrow (the printer is at the office).  

To note, on this one telnetting into the printer just gives me telnet
options, no printer options.  I'm hesitant to save changes since this
isn't my printer and I don't want to mess anyone else up.  

> better solution:  Install LPRng (mentioned in the handbook, sorry, I have
> no other references), which can be set up to use filters on a remote
> printer.  I plan on using it for an auto-postscript filter on the above
> mentioned printer.

I have LPRng on this machine and it's not very nice. :(  For one, once
you use it, you can't go back to lpr; it changes the permissions on the
spool directories and lpr can't get to them.  Secondly, apsfilter doesn't
work with it since it uses a nonseekable pipe, while lpr does.  Time to
checkout lpd and hack.  

It IS nice that with it I can print to the LJ without a printcap entry. I
need to see if I need to make a quicky init-the-printer filter to disable
the stairstepping effect.  Would you happen to know the pcl code to do

[ My eventual hope is to build a port or instruction sheet for LPRng.  At
least it compiles cleanly out of the box. ]

Doug White                              | University of Oregon  
Internet:    | Residence Networking Assistant    | Computer Science Major

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