Bug#159632: marked as done (lprng 3.8.15-1 is causing flaky printing)
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Subject: lprng 3.8.15-1 is causing flaky printing
I'm sorry this is so vague, but for the last couple of weeks, I've been
getting bombarded by complaints that print jobs have been disappearing.
I spent a long time looking at samba, but then Unix users started
complaining as well. Submit 40 print jobs, 6 come out.
This in a hardware configuration (PC parallel port connected to HP
LaserJet 4100) that has been working reliably since the beginning of
the year and hadn't been messed with.
It seems to correlate with "pile-ups"; single print jobs print most
reliably, but if you sumbit a number in a row, some are going to
I never did figure it out, but looking through installation logs revealed
that lprng was upgraded at around the right date. So I reverted to
3.8.12-5 and there is blessed silence. Submitted the same print
jobs as above, and all 40 came out.
The one unusual thing about the configuration is that I'm running both
magicfilter and ifhp as input filters, via the wrapper:
# Add a prefilter to ifhp. The prefilter is argv, and the rest
# of the flags are passed to BOTH programs. This is used by lprng to
# use both magicfilter (for lots of input formats) and ifhp (for good
# status monitoring).
"$prefilter" "$@" | /usr/lib/ifhp/ifhp "$@"
The lpd.conf is stock-standard with the addition of
"allow_user_setting=smbuser", and lpd.perms has been messed with fairly
extensively. checkpc finds no problems. The printcap follows.
# /etc/printcap: printer capability database. See printcap(5).
# You can use the filter entries df, tf, cf, gf etc. for
# your own filters. See the printcap(5) manual page for further
# We can adapt a lot from the 4050 filter rules. The ty= line is needed
# (in old printcap format) for psplpr.
lp|ps|ti|hp|HP LaserJet 4100:\
# Similar, but prints plain text in a DOS font
dos|HP LaserJet 4100 with DOS font:\
raw|HP LaserJet 4100 unfiltered (use from Windows):\
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Subject: Fixed in lprng 3.8.20-1
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lprng 3.8.20-1 had a fix for the done_jobs problem.
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