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Re: more newbie questions: un(b)locking /dev/lp1


Maybe you should compile lp support in your kernel as a module. Besides
saving memory and such, you can also rmmod and insmod it to possibly reset
the lp* ports and solve your problem.


On Wed, 22 Jul 1998, Chris Evans wrote:

> Date: Wed, 22 Jul 1998 17:12:34 +0100
> From: Chris Evans <C.Evans@sghms.ac.uk>
> To: debian-user@lists.debian.org
> Subject: more newbie questions: un(b)locking /dev/lp1
> Resent-Date: 22 Jul 1998 16:13:00 -0000
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> Thanks for input on installation of XF86.  Now another question.  I 
> have an HP LJ5MP attached to the Debian box via a t-switch as 
> the bulk of my work has to continue to be from NT until I master 
> this learning curve (feeble grin!)
> I got some output to the printer with a brief hack of /etc/printcap 
> using "Running LINUX" and a HOWTO or so as my guides.  
> Trouble was I used a longish printest and it was going to print out 
> umpteen pages as I'd forgotten the CR/LF issue so I switched off 
> the printer, cleared the paper jam and restarted.  Now lpc etc all 
> report the printer is offline.
> In the meantime I hacked up an /etc/printcap with the help of 
> magicfilter (before I realised the Debian box couldn't see the printer 
> was back)  but the system is now reporting that the printer is offline 
> (it's not, moving the T-switch and printing from NT shows that).  cat 
> test > /dev/lp1 as root gets a statement that /dev/lp1 doesn't exist.  
> ls shows it does and the permissions look OK.  cat test | /dev/lp1 
> complains of a broken pipe.  I suspect that shutdown and reboot 
> would clear this but surely there's an easier way?  Anyone got the 
> answer or some clear directions in the umpteen sources of 
> documentation?!
> Anyone got a good printcap for the 5MP that will maximise 
> sensible use of the PCL and PS modes through magicfilter and got 
> good advice for a newbie on how to make sure the right format files 
> (CR/LF, Unix and PS) get handled appropriately?
> Chris
> Chris Evans, Senior Lecturer in Psychotherapy,
> Locum Consultant to the
>   Prudence Skynner Family Therapy Clinic,
> St. George's Hospital Medical School, London University
> C.Evans@sghms.ac.uk    http://psyctc.sghms.ac.uk/
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