smbprint(ing) to an HP 3100??

Paul Sherwin psherwin at
Sat Apr 10 15:19:45 GMT 1999

Jeff Wiegley wrote
>Date: Fri, 09 Apr 1999 11:36:34 -0700
>Subject: Re: smbprint(ing) to a HP 3100??
>On a linux box:
>1) open up netscape
>2) print the netscape window to a file ""
>3) use ghostscrip to change it to an HP command language...
>   gs -dNOPAUSE -sDEVICE=ljet2p -sOutputFile=bug.prn -c quit
>4) now use smbclient to print bug.prn...
>  a) smbclient \\\\server\\share ""
>  b) smb: \> print bug.prn
>after a couple of seconds the windows98 box will crash with
>a blue screen of semi-death (your choices are to continue in
>which case things might not work correctly or you cn hit ctrl-alt-del
>to reboot the machine.
I don't know much about your HP3100, but I have two sites both of which
allow users to print from Linux systems to HP printers (HPLJ6 and
HPDJ540)on W95 machines using ghostscript (I set this up by installing
apsfilter then editing the apsfilter interface scripts to use smbclient. In
fact I can print successfully from the W95 system via the Linux print
spooler and back to the W95 system again) (pretty pointless huh).

I have no idea why your Linux print request is crashing the W98 system - it
suggests it is hitting something strange in the HP printer driver which is
_extremely_ complex for the HP integrated
print/fax/copy/scanner/modem/toaster stuff. Maybe you could write a
ghostscript driver for the HP3100? :->

Good luck, Paul

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