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B20: /dev/lp not supported
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Subject: B20: /dev/lp not supported
- From: "Dan St.Andre'" <email@example.com>
- Date: Thu, 22 Jul 1999 11:00:08 -0500
- Organization: Nu Thena Systems, Inc.
Since you so nicely provide for /dev/tty and others, why is /dev/lp so
I know that you implement access to the dos devices PRN and LPT?. However,
are not typical of unix software usage. Some tools use " ... >/dev/lp" and rely
on the spooler.
Most systems have a printer or "connection" to one. Eventually, many
[I can't say that they 'need'] paper output.
This might be easy given existing support for PRN &c:
1. Since DOS/windoze supports up to three printer devices in hardware,
... /dev/lp3 corresponding to LPT1: ... LPT3: [Maybe unix convention is lp0 ...
lp2, but I
2. Support use of a sym link for the default printer:
bash$ ln -sf /dev/lp? /dev/lp
These two items give the user access to the printer in unix syntax.
3. Provide some sort of hook so that "... > /dev/lp" can hook a spooler.
If they want a spooler, they can do whatever they want by hooking /dev/lp
It might be nice:
4. Given that win-doze is lurking somewhere behind a CygWin session, you might
provide a new CygWin utility that grabs onto the win-doze print queues from the
line world. This probably requires a win-doze aware daemon/service that watches
folder, grabs workorders, and passes jobs to win-doze printing.
~~~ Dan 0:-D
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