Re: [PARPORT] Little Help Needed

From: Tom Perkins (
Date: Sun Mar 24 2002 - 20:54:56 EST

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    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.
    > Background:
    > 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.
    > Issue:
    > 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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