[clug] CUPS verses LPRNG

Rousak, Boris Boris.Rousak at actewagl.com.au
Mon Aug 25 16:08:40 EST 2003

I've had to set up linux print server for a bunch of digital/compaq tru64
boxes (that run lpd and require a server that accepts the lpr commands) and
one thing I've found is that converting -o to -Z options to allow for
portrait/landscape printing is rather painful until you learn about ifhp and
:prefix_option_to_option=S,O Z: line. Whereas CUPS doesn't seem to have that
problem. On the other hand getting cupslpd deamon to do the converstion to
work properly is also a considerable effort (i suspect both of the above are
mostly due to my inexperience). Anyways here is one for either side, take
them as you please.


-----Original Message-----
From: Burn Alting [mailto:burn at goldweb.com.au]
Sent: Monday, 25 August 2003 3:10 PM
To: linux at lists.samba.org
Subject: [clug] CUPS verses LPRNG

Hi Peoples,

I've been evaluating CUPS verses LPRNG. My main issue is how much
control one has over the job once it's queued.

When you have queued a job to a local printer, you can pretty much do
whatever you want with the job under both systems. The main difference
I've, so far, found, is the handle or job id assigned when using a
remote printer. In the case of LPRNG it appears that the job id is the
same on both the system you queue the job on and the remote system. With
CUPS, you get only 'local id' and there is a different id once the job
is accepted on the remote system (with the printer), thus requiring you
to be a bit more knowledgable about looking at queues (ie you need to
add the -h option to see the real ID, etc).

Can anyone suggest other 'significant' differences (yes, I know CUPS is
based on IPP) which may make one system better/more versatile than the
other in deployment?

Thanks in advance

Burn Alting

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