slow printing.

Bill Brandt brandtwr-samba at
Tue Dec 7 13:01:53 GMT 1999

I'm not totally sure why, but the printer worked fine with the MS and HP
standard drivers when it was on the NT Server.  I think the issue has something
to do with the Redhat print filter for HP4M that I had to apply to get graphics
to work.  Anyway, when I switched to HP4M Postscript a 42 page graphic/text
mixed file that used to be created as a 20MB print file (~ 500KB/page) on
the NTWS is now coming through as an 800KB file (~ 20KB) and is printing at
normal speeds.  Perhaps someone can explain it, but the only thing that makes
sense to me is that NT (non-PS) driver cannot be set to use soft fonts and the
RH filter was actually doing the correct filtering to allow PS.

On another printing note... Are there any plans to allow for filenames that
match the document?  The current filename in the spools is a randomly generated
tempfile name.  Even if the document name was a mixture of the two... like:
sEYUhen.<originaldocumentnamethatisreadable> it would probably be better.


On Thu, Dec 02, 1999 at 01:13:35PM +0100, Johannes Weberhofer wrote:
>>On Wed, Dec 01, 1999 at 03:52:14PM -0500, Steve Litt wrote:
>>>I'm not much of an NT guy. On w98, it's on the printer properties dialog
>>>box, fonts tab.
>>>At 02:44 PM 12/01/1999 -0500, you wrote:
>>>>Thanks for the help...  It appears your correct when I copy a large txt
>>>file it
>>>>runs fine and the print files are coming out around 300K for a 2-3 page
>>>>document.  However, I'm on NTWS 4.0 and can't find the setting for soft
>>>fonts in
>>>>the printer properties.  Any ideas where that setting is?
>>>>On Wed, Dec 01, 1999 at 08:56:11AM +1100, Steve Litt wrote:
>>>>>I had that once. Turned out my W$ printer def was set to "download truetype
>>>>>fonts as graphics", which blew up the size of the print file by a factor of
>>>>>10. When I change to "download truetype fonts as soft fonts", my Laserjet
>>>>>IIID printed at its specified 8 pages per minute -- no cooldown.
>>>>>Copy a large text file directly to it with
>>>>>copy bigfile.txt //servername/printername
>>>>>And see whether it still prints too slowly. If not, it's probably your
>>>>>Windows client printer def.
>>>>>Steve Litt
>>>>>At 07:53 AM 12/01/1999 +1100, Bill Brandt wrote:
>>>>>>I'm having an issue with a samba print server.  I have the following in the
>>>>>>        workgroup = DOMAINNAME
>>>>>>        netbios name = SERVERNAME
>>>>>>        server string = Samba Server
>>>>>>        security = DOMAIN
>>>>>>        encrypt passwords = Yes
>>>>>>        password server = NTDOMAINPDC
>>>>>>        log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m
>>>>>>        max log size = 50
>>>>>>        socket options = TCP_NODELAY SO_RCVBUF=8192 SO_SNDBUF=8192
>>>>>>        os level = 10
>>>>>>        local master = No
>>>>>>        dns proxy = No
>>>>>>        wins server = #.#.#.#
>>>>>>        comment = All Printers
>>>>>>        path = /var/spool/samba
>>>>>>        guest ok = Yes
>>>>>>        print ok = Yes
>>>>>>        browseable = No
>>>>>>The printer is a HP LaserJet 4M setup with redhat print-tool in lpd.  Files
>>>>>>print, but it appears that each page is sent separately to the printer with
>>>>>>enough time between them for the printer to stop and sometimes even "cool
>>>>>>Has anyone experienced this issue?
>>>>>>Bill Brandt                                   
>>>>>>brandtwr at                    
>>>>Bill Brandt                                   
>>>>brandtwr at                    
>>Bill Brandt                                   
>>brandtwr at                    
>Johannes Weberhofer >>> IT-Technologies
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Bill Brandt                                   
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