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Date:      Sat, 03 Mar 2012 01:37:42 +1000
From:      Da Rock <freebsd-questions@herveybayaustralia.com.au>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: Brother Printer
Message-ID:  <4F50E946.2090209@herveybayaustralia.com.au>
In-Reply-To: <297511A5-2081-4367-AE6C-9D043371085C@lpthe.jussieu.fr>
References:  <297511A5-2081-4367-AE6C-9D043371085C@lpthe.jussieu.fr>

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On 03/02/12 23:57, Michel Talon wrote:
> On Fri, 02 Mar 2012 22:40:21 +1000 Da Rock wrote:
>> Are you sure its just a script? Any clue as to what shell it is using?
>> Bash? I do believe there should be some binaries there somewhere as well.
> Yes im sure. I have a ppd File, they linked
> to /usr/local/libexec/brlpdwrapperMFC730 and thats a shell scipt.
>
> I just went to the Brother site and downloaded a cups driver from here. It is not exactly
> the same as yours, it is for the MFC7320 but for sure there is a shell script plus a binary.
> called brcupsconfig3, which is called in the shell script called cupswrapperMFC7320-2.0.2.
>
> The binary is
> niobe% file brcupsconfig3
> brcupsconfig3: ELF 32-bit LSB executable, Intel 80386, version 1 (SYSV), dynamically linked (uses shared libs),
> for GNU/Linux 2.2.5, not stripped
>
> So at best you can hope to run it with Linux emulation. Personally i have an Epson dot printer
> and it is the same, the Linux driver contains binary blobs and cannot be run under FreeBSD.
>
> If you want to  avoid such problems the only solution is to buy a printer with postscript
> or pdf support and direct network connection, that is an expensive one. Here at the lab we are very happy
> with Xerox sublimation models (i think it is an evolution of the old Tektronix phaser)
> for doing color prints. In particular the use costs are low, much lower than with color laser printers,
> in par with black and white laser printers.
> But if you want to produce nice photographic prints, unfortunately you have to rely on good
> epson dot printers or similar, which means FreeBSD is excluded, unfortunately.
How good are the sublimation printers? When I was at Xerox, the C410 
produced brilliant photographic prints and it was laser; I'd expect 
better from the subs. I'm also surprised epson doesn't work.

As to this brother problem, I've also heard from Robert, so this also 
influences this discussion.

Could it be possible to run the binaries under linuxulator? Don't port 
it as such. The whole premise of cups is a pipeline, so this should work 
surely? Forget compiling and run it all under linuxulator - main program 
_and_ .so. I considered this before with other printers.



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