You need to check out "lpc". A utility to control line printers (lpc --
get it). Should be part of the dist.
Bob Hyland, PMP wrote:
> I need a little help with a vexing problem.
> I am fairly new to Linux. I have a RedHat 7.1 (Kernel 2.4.2-2) box that I
> use as a file server. I also have a Coyote Linux based router / firewall
> that runs on an old I-486. I also have several Windows based machines.
> On the RedHat unit, I run Samba to share files and a printer. Here's where
> it gets interesting: Best I can tell, Samba take the input stream being sent
> to the printer and redirects the raw data to a file. Then Samba launches lpr
> to send the raw file to the printer. Then, Samba launches "lpr -P<printer
> name> <file name>" and everything prints just fine.
> The printer (1) is not used often and (2) is in another part of the house.
> Therefore, (1) I do not want to leave it on all the time and (2) I do not
> want to have to run across the house every time I want to print something.
> What I would like to be able to do is print a number of things, leave them
> in a queue for a while, and just turn on the printer when I am ready for
> them to print.
> However, if the printer is turned off, it appears as if lpr does not
> recognize this fact and tries to print anyway. I presume this has something
> to do with the port needing to be configured to look for a "ready" line.
> Surely this is not that strange a request. So, other people must have
> tackled this before. I figured this was a good place to look for this
> expertise. Anyone ever run into this before?
> Thank you,
> Bob Hyland
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