Use PC printers from IRIX?
Meinrado F Samala
samala at wam.umd.edu
Tue Sep 26 22:41:34 GMT 2000
Thanks for the quick reply. Using LPRng seems to be a very attractive
idea. I will look into it. I agree that redirecting a print job to a PC
non-postscript printer doesn't solve the problem of the printer not
understanding PS. If I understood it correctly, LPRng has an added filter
to convert PS->PCL.
An alternative: according to IRIX help I need the Adobe postscript
interpreter (license to use is not free:( to use a non-PS printer.
What do you think?
Oh well, I'll see and consider the options...
Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Univ. of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
On Tue, 26 Sep 2000, Mike Brodbelt wrote:
> Meinrado Samala wrote:
> > Hello.
> > I understand that Samba allows PC's running Windows OS to see
> > Unix computers (files and printers) as part of its network
> > neighborhood. My question is whether Samba will also allow UNIX
> > systems to see and use Windows files and printers as well.
> > We mostly have WindowsNT computers in our lab and we have one SGI
> > Octane. Since we already have set up and mainly use our PC resources (HP
> > deskjets and laserjet) we'd rather not buy another printer (and a more
> > expensive postscript printer at that) for local connection to the SGI
> > computer if we can print over the local network. We have so far been
> > forced to FTP image files from SGI to PC.
> > Thanks very much.
> Samba provides some utilities that can be used to achieve what you want
> - the smbclient program can be used as part of a Unix print filter, to
> transfer jobs to an SMB shared printer. However, this is not the
> approach that I would recommend for this.
> Your SGI will produce output to print in PostScript format. Simply
> transferring the job via SMB won't solve the underlying problem that
> your printers will then throw up an "invalid personality" error. With
> network connected HP equipment, I'd get and install LPRng and it's
> associated print filter, ifhp. With these, you can set up a print spool
> on the SGI that will receive PostScript, convert it into PCL suitable
> for your printer, and than transfer it directly across the network to
> the printer.
> The ifhp HOWTO has information on how to chain ifhp and ghostscript to
> translate PostScript -> PCL, and the LPRng HOWTO has information on
> setting up LPRng to talk to a networked HP printer (they simply listen
> for jobs on port 9100).
> Check out www.lprng.com for more info.
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