[lug] Postscript Printer setup

steve at badcheese.com steve at badcheese.com
Wed Aug 15 10:18:10 MDT 2007

Cups will print generic postscript, but you may need to speak "hpljxxxx" 
to the printer instead of postscript depending on the printer.

I believe that before cups was big, there was a "printer magic" (or 
something like that) package that had all of the setups for all kinds of 
different printers for your /etc/printcap entries that used to be a huge 

If your /dev/lp doesn't exist, your kernel may either not support it, or 
just doesn't detect the printer.

- Steve

On Wed, 15 Aug 2007, Hugh Brown wrote:

> Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 11:13:16 -0500
> From: Hugh Brown <hugh at math.byu.edu>
> Reply-To: "Boulder (Colorado) Linux Users Group -- General Mailing List"
>     <lug at lug.boulder.co.us>
> To: "Boulder (Colorado) Linux Users Group -- General Mailing List"
>     <lug at lug.boulder.co.us>
> Subject: Re: [lug] Postscript Printer setup
> Steve Sullivan wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I just installed an HP 2605dn printer on a USB port on Suse 10.2.  HP
>> claims this printer understands postcript, but it doesn't work.  Yet
>> when I hook it up to a Win XP box via USB the printer works fine.
>> But when I use it from Suse via USB, no luck.  When I try to print a
>> test page from the Suse configurator the printer light blinks,
>> indicating it's receiving data, but no page is printed.  Similarly,
>> when I "lp test.ps" the green light blinks, but no page is printed.
>> Long ago with some previous printer I had a similar problem and did
>> something like copy ctl-L to /dev/lp to force the page eject.
>> But there is no /dev/lp on this Linux ... why not?
>> How can I get this printer running?
>> Many thanks,
>> Steve
> I've found linuxprinting.org a useful resource.
> Hugh
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