Re: zip and parport printer sharing??
Quoting Gregory Guthrie (firstname.lastname@example.org):
> If I try to use my printer, downstream from a Zip parallel device, I get
> "Status: cannot open, /dev/lp1 - device not configured"
> But if I power down the Zip pre-boot, it works fine.
> I am running Debian 2.1R4.
Well, yes, I think I saw you report this before, and I hadn't got
round to replying. You give no details about your kernel version
2.0/2.2 or about whether ppa and lp are compiled in or modules.
With modules, and with ppa in /etc/modules, I would expect (from
memory) that you'd get the effect you describe:
zip on at boot: ppa module loaded, printer won't work at the same time
unless you rmmod ppa and then insmod lp (or let it be insmod'ed).
zip off at boot: ppa module doesn't load, printer then works as long
as the zip drive is then switched on (IIRC).
I have no idea how all think works if the modules are built-in, but
it could well be just as you describe for similar sorts of reasons.
> From Zip-Drive mini-HowTo:
> "As of kernel version 2.2.x you can do parallel port sharing. This means
> that you can plug the
> printer into the zip drive and use both the zip
> drive and the printer. I tried this on my machine
> and it worked like a charm. "
That's right. Again for modules, you'd insmod them in the order
parport, lp, parport_pc, ppa, and it'll work like a charm.
Two things: modules allow you to connect/disconnect the drive
without rebooting. 2.2 kernels configure the parallel ports
differently so your 2.0's lp1 will probably become 2.2's lp0.
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