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Re: a problem with CUPS

On 04/23/2013 10:27 AM, Paul Condon wrote:
I have a rather complicated CUPS printing setup, which works, mostly,
but not entirely:

My printer is an old HP 5MP, laser printer, which I purchased before HP
invented the word "laserjet" because I was committed to Macintosh back
then and the HP 5MP offered both parallel port and Apple Talk interfaces.

My current working desktop computer has neither of these. It is too new.
And I don't think I have any Apple Talk cables any more.

Does you new computer have any USB ports? If yes, you can buy a usb to parallel cable to get it working. That's what I use on my HP6P laser printer.

But I do have
another, much older computer that does have a parallel port and an
ethernet interface card. When I got my 'new' computer (one without
parallel port) , I made the older computer into a 'print server',
serving 'printing' over my LAN. It has worked well, except for times
when new print software was released and I had to configure the CUPS
soft ware. I have great difficulty comprehending CUPS.

My problem is that CUPS software does not handle .pdf files easily. If I
try to print file, zyx.pdf, by typing "lpr zyx.pdf" , the command is
accepted, the light
flashes on the printer and after a while a piece of paper comes out of
the printer ... but it is -blank-. Evince also 'prints' only blank
pages. Pages from iceweasel, and emacs (including the fancy Postscript
format) are printed correctly. But if I save the page to a file and then
try to print the file, something prevents the black stuff from sticking
to the print drum. Where is that something?


As my HP6P can't print PDF files using lpr either, I use a PDF program to print PDF files. I am using the okular PDF viewer package.


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