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Re: OpenBSD Printing Questions

All of the Windows systems that print through Samba have a native 
Windows printer driver installed so the output going to the printer 
would be whatever form of output Windows sends to a printer. I only 
needed Ghostscript so the Postscript output from Unix programs would 
print on my PCL-based printer. 

I'm pleased with the output and have printed gobs of web pages from 
Mozilla, Netscape 7.0 and Konqueror that look fine. I've also printed a 
number of documents from OpenOffice that look good too. No one is 
printing anything real fancy and I haven't heard any complaints about 
the output quality from anyone so far. 

I'm not sure any Windows users would notice anything since I assume that 
"apsfilter" passes the output from the Window's print driver through 
without any sort of filtering when a print job comes in via Samba since 
it's in a format the printer can readily handle. 


On Monday 28 October 2002 14:51 pm, Ted Goodridge wrote:
> What is the quality of printing?  As compared to a windows driver?
> Ted
> On Monday 28 October 2002 01:29 pm, Anthony Schlemmer wrote:
> > I've installed "apsfilter" and it works very well with my OBSD
> > print server. It handles Postscript output from my Linux and other
> > BSD systems and also handles Windows systems that access the
> > printer via Samba.
> >
> > I needed to install Ghostscript so I could print PostScript output
> > to my non-PostScript HP 4P printer. I also found that I needed to
> > install the "a2ps" package which formats ASCII text for postscript
> > printers. Without the "a2ps" package installed I got an error when
> > I tried to print an ASCII file.
> >
> > Tony
> >
> > On Monday 28 October 2002 06:59 am, Dave Feustel wrote:
> > > 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 conversion filters.
> > >
> > > 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?
> > >
> > > Thanks,

Anthony Schlemmer

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