Printing to network printers
Tue Dec 16 23:34:00 GMT 2008
> From: Steve Rainbird
> "Rick Rankin" wrote in message
> >> From: Steve Rainbird
> >> How can I print to a network printer?
> >> I know if its attached to a server I can say
> >> lpr -d //server/printer file
> >> But what do I do if the printer isn't attached to a server and is just a
> >> on the network?
> > You should be able to add the printer through control panel, which will give
> it a local name. You can then use that name as the argument to -d. It's usually
> simpler if the name doesn't contain any spaces, but that's not a requirement.
> > Many network printers also provide a UNC-style name (//server/printer), even
> though they're not directly connected a server, per se. If you can browse to the
> printer when you're adding it, you should be able to use that name directly. It
> all depends on how the provides its networking capability.
> > I assume you know that lpr is quite stupid, i.e., it just spools the file,
> assuming that it is already correctly formatted for the target printer. It was
> originally written to spool a postscript file to a postscript printer. It didn't
> need to do any formatting.
> > --Rick
> I am actually using enscript which I assume uses lpr for its printing?
> -- Steve
Well, by default it does. A couple of (hopefully) obvious questions: Is the file you're trying to print (PRINT.BALANCES.20081203083027) a simple ASCII file, and is the printer (IAS_HP4PBN_A) a postscript printer?
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