[lug] Printing problems RH7.3

Gary Hodges Gary.Hodges at noaa.gov
Fri Sep 20 16:44:19 MDT 2002


I ran the 'service' command you suggested and then tried printing a text
file with lpr.  I succeeded in waking the printer, but it didn't print
the file.  Those middle four pages contained more of the same of the
rest of the document as far as I can tell.  In any case, it doesn't even
print text files now.  Strange.

For some reason it is removing the print jobs the instant I send them. 
See the following three commands:

Fri Sep 20 16:40:14 MDT 2002
~>lpr -Php8 fpk.txt
~>lpq -Php8
Printer: lp0 at space 'hp8' (dest /var/spool/lpd/lp0 at
 Queue: no printable jobs in queue
 Status: job 'cfA655space.srrb.noaa.gov' removed at 16:40:14.979
JetDirect lpd: no jobs queued on this port

I tried removing the printer and reinstalling but I get the same
results.  I'm wondering if a recent up2date may have mucked things up. 
Anyway, its late on Friday so I'm going to just pick this up next week. 
I may not be in the office until later on in the week so please don't
think suggestions have been ignored.


Hugh Brown wrote:
> have you tried
> service lpd restart
> I have a user with a laptop, that sometimes has to restart lpd before
> being able to print.
> What's on the 4 pages in the middle?  There may be problems with the
> postscript that gets generated from those pages (usu. because of weird
> fonts or graphics).
> Hugh
> On Fri, 2002-09-20 at 13:10, Gary Hodges wrote:
> > The sequence of events:
> >
> > 1.  Printed full (37 page) .pdf doc with <mpage -2 -t -Php8> and got a
> > little less than half out
> > 2.  Printed the rest (forgot 4 pages in the middle) with <mpage -2 -t
> > -Php8>
> >     and got out what I sent to the printer
> > 3.  Attempted to print the middle four pages with <mpage -2 -t -Php8>
> > and nothing came out.
> >     Repeated print try several times but never got the pages.
> > 4.  Tried a different (2 page) .pdf doc with <mpage -2 -Php8> and that
> > worked.
> > 5.  Tried the original again with and without the -t option without
> > success.
> > 6.  Tried a plain text file with mpage and lpr without success.
> > 7.  Tried a different printer without success.
> > 8.  Tried that 2 page doc but it doesn't print now.
> >
> > Here is an lpq -Php8 immediately after attempting to print:
> >
> > ~/SANS>lpq -Php8
> > Printer: lp0 at space 'hp8' (dest /var/spool/lpd/lp0 at
> >  Queue: no printable jobs in queue
> >  Status: job 'cfA999space.srrb.noaa.gov' removed at 11:04:22.271
> > JetDirect lpd: no jobs queued on this port
> >
> > Earlier it would show a print job as active before showing it removed.
> > Now the job is removed immediately.
> >
> > All seems strange to me, but maybe there is a lock file somewhere that
> > got set for some reason.  I can print using a Windows machine.
> >
> > Gary
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