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Re: Printing locally

Hi All...

Having watched this thread, I decided to give the printing a try (in the 
past, I have only done Windows based printing).

If I do

cat file > prn


cat file > //machine/DeskJet

from a bash shell the file is sent to the printer, but the printer gets an 
error (flashing error light on the printer) that must be cleared before the 
file prints. After clearing the error, the page I printed for testing is 

If I do

print file

from a bash shell, it prints just fine.

My system is a Win2kpro with everything current as of this morning.



>From: "Larry Hall (RFK Partners, Inc)" <>
>To: Brian Salter-Duke <>,        fergus at bonhard dot 
>uklinux dot net <>
>Subject: Re: Printing locally
>Date: Mon, 04 Mar 2002 11:22:51 -0500
>At 07:24 PM 3/3/2002, Brian Salter-Duke wrote:
> >On Sun, Mar 03, 2002 at 10:49:53AM -0000, fergus at bonhard dot uklinux 
>dot net wrote:
> > > What about this? Any good?
> > > If the file a.txt is DOS terminated, try
> > >     cp a.txt prn
> > > OR
> > >     cat a.txt > prn
> > > and if a.txt is Unix-terminated, try
> > >     cat a.txt | unix2dos > prn
> > > Fergus
> >
> >This was a good suggestion but it still does not work. It just does
> >nothing as does directing the output to PRINT or LPT1.
> >
> >The file a.txt if put into Notepad either in dos or unix format prints
> >fine.
>Hm, then there must be some issue locally.  I have used both
>cat file.txt > prn
>cat file.txt > //<machine name>/<printer share name>
>with no problems in the past.  If one or both of these don't work for you,
>you may be stuck trying to debug it.  In anticipation of your next 
>you might try running one or both of these with 'strace'.  See strace 
>for more details of the options.  The output may give you an idea of where
>things are going wrong for you.
>Larry Hall                    
>RFK Partners, Inc.            
>838 Washington Street                   (508) 893-9779 - RFK Office
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