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solution: semi-offtopic: help with LaserWriter Utilities
- To: misc_(_at_)_openbsd_(_dot_)_org
- Subject: solution: semi-offtopic: help with LaserWriter Utilities
- From: The Pope of Chili Town <danimal_(_at_)_pobox_(_dot_)_com>
- Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2000 13:19:33 -0400 (EDT)
Earlier I wrote:
> Just this last weekend I came into the ownership of several pieces
> of computer equipment including an Apple LaserWriter Select 360.
> Since I want it on my network I am going to hook it up to my OpenBSD
> server. Unfortunatley every time the printer is turned on it prints
> a status page.
> I have found information regarding the ability to turn this feature
> off, but I cannot find 1) the needed utilities to run on a Mac (not
> the optimal solution since I will have to borrow a Mac every time I
> want to change the settings) or 2) some method to manipulate the
> printer with either UNIX or, less desirable but still useable,
> If anyone has any experince using such a beast on OBSD any
> information will be appreciated.
To which Laurence Moore replied off-list:
> Not up with the LaserWriter printers however I have a Ricoh PC-6000
> which also prints off a status page.
> Assuming you have either serial or parallel I/F to printer you could
> probably setup an entry in /etc/remote and then use tip to attach to
> the device directly. If you know what the commands are you need to
> send to the printer then you can bang away on the keyboard. Of
> course if you were to create a file which contains the commands you
> caould then cat that down to the printer.
> When I did it with my Ricoh I used all of the above methods, but
> that was with Solaris.
> Hope this helps,
With that pointer to sending commands to the printer via the interface
I did some digging and found the following PostScript commands that
can be sent to the printer to turn off the start page:
serverdict begin 0 exitserver
This information is on the the apple devworld site at:
Thanks to Laurence for the lead and to the others that replyed. I
hope this can benifit others in the future.
"From stupidity there is always something to be learned, but it's
always the same thing: don't be stupid." - Robert M. Adams