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OpenBSD Printing Questions
- To: misc_(_at_)_openbsd_(_dot_)_org, kde-nonlinux_(_at_)_kde_(_dot_)_org
- Subject: OpenBSD Printing Questions
- From: Dave Feustel <dfeustel_(_at_)_mindspring_(_dot_)_com>
- Date: Mon, 28 Oct 2002 09:59:53 -0500
- Reply-to: dfeustel_(_at_)_mindspring_(_dot_)_com
I now have practically everything I need working on OpenBSD 3.1 running KDE 2.2
but printing. I have the print spooler installed and working, and it prints ascii text properly.
I have read the material on HP Laserjets and pcl at http://www.linuxprinting.org.
My understanding is that printers accept 3 kinds of data: raw ascii, Postscript
and PCL. Unix programs generate printer output in a variety of formats(Postscript,
PDF, DVI, etc). If a file format not supported natively by the printer is to be printed
properly, then the formatted data must be processed by a filter which converts the
unsupported (by the printer) format to a supported format(PCL in my case).
The default printer output for Unix programs generating formatted output
appears to me to be Postscript. Since my HP 2100 printer has no Postscript
interpreter, I need to add a filter to convert files containing Postscript-formatted
data to PCL(6 if possible). I think Ghostscript may include a Postscript-to-PCL
converter, but at this point my understanding of what I need to do to get my printer
to properly print output from Konqueror, Ghostview, etc. gets very hazy.
KDE has a print manager, but I don't think the print manager includes the
What filter(s) do I need to add to my lpr spooler to properly print output from KDE
and Konqueror as well as PDF files?
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