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Re: Windows and Printing Systems

Pigeon wrote:
On Sat, Jan 31, 2004 at 04:56:32AM -0600, Kent West wrote:

Marius Amado Alves wrote:

* Printing/CUPS *
I managed to install cupsys via apt-get and added a printer with the web
interface, but this printer does not show up in the print dialog of the
applications. It's an HP DeskJet on the parallell port. What am I missing?

I'd love to help you, but printing on Linux is _still_ a black art. I've been using Debian exclusively on my boxes for about four years now, and I generally just avoid printing if I can. Of course everyone's going to come back on this comment and say "Use CUPS! It's ultra easy!" or "You did replace the obsolete lpr with lprng, right?" and such, but then you still have to tell Mozilla to print to "qtcups" or to "lpr -PmyPrinter --use-secret-incantation" and configure OpenOffice.org (somehow . . .) and, and, and, and it's just black magic as far as I can tell. And I'm not a stupid person. So the short answer is, "Good luck!"

I install cupsys-bsd, and in the "Print Command" dialog box of any
application I'm printing from I enter "lp". I haven't used
OpenOffice.org, but this works for everything else I've tried,
including mozilla.

I am havin problems with printing too. But the bad part is : I used Knoppix for the hard disk installation. Conclusion : we need a easy to configure, autodetect and XFreebased printing control system for Linux ;(


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