RE: Debian Printing
The lp was not in my /etc/modules files so I used modconfig to add it. When
rebooting, the messages indicated I had a device lp0. I then used
magicfilterconfig and it complained about an existing /etc/printcap file so
I renamed the existing file and used magicfilterconfig again and answered
the questions on my printer. When doing "cat /etc/printcap > /dev/lp0" or
"lpr /etc/printcap" I get no response and nothing printed. Do I have to
reboot again? When I do "lpc status", I get a one line response with a
printer name of lp@hostname and it says printing and spooling is enabled.
When I do "lpd" I get "fatal error, another printer spooler is using TCP
printer port, possibly lpd process '491'".
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, July 06, 2000 6:14 PM
Subject: Debian Printing
Hello. I was made very nervous by the prospect of setting up printing,
but it turned out to be very easy.
I have an HP LaserJet 1100. I plugged it in to the parallel port,
installed magicfilter and it basically did everything for me (via the
configuration program magicfilterconfig).
You really don't have to do very much at all (it creates the necessary
files and installs the necessary filters for you). The only work you
really have to do is find out which driver is right for your
printer. But there's a lot of documentation available on that
Later on I set up one linux box to be a remote printer spooler for
another, and that turned out to be much easier that I expected it to
Let me know if I can help with this.
Also: setting up X isn't as bad as it initially seems. If you have
minimal knowledge of your hardare, the xf86setup program will step you
through the process with a series of questions and answers.
That is usually enough to get the thing running in a reasonably good
way. You can tweak the details afterwards,