here is another hint for you
x.y.f at home.com
Mon Aug 27 19:50:11 PDT 2001
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LFS VERSION: 3.0-pre4
AUTHOR: ktb <x.y.f at home.com>
This hint covers setting up basic printing. I'm assuming local
networking is enabled, sections 9.1 through 9.6 of the book.
* Post installation
* Sources and disclaimer
First check if your printer is supported -
Make sure there is communication with the printer.
For a local printer on the first parallel port try -
# cat test_file > /dev/lp0
The printer should respond.
For a networked printer try pinging the IP number of the printer.
If one of those worked you are ready to install the software.
If the printer didn't respond make sure it is connected to the computer
correctly i.e., check cables, make sure the network is working
correctly and that there is kernel support for the printer.
If you are installing a local printer it isn't going to work if you don't have
printer and parallel port support in the kernel. For the latter see the
"Parallel port support" section of the kernel .config file -
$ cat /usr/src/linux/.config | grep CONFIG_PARPORT
and the former -
$ cat /usr/src/linux/.config | grep CONFIG_PRINTER
lprng is the software that manages the print queue.
./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc \
--disable-setuid --disable-gdbm &&
Notes: lprng won't compile unless you have "gdbm" installed or
"--disable-gdbm" as a ./configure option. The gdbm database library
helps speed up large print jobs. For more information see -
Ghostscript adds postscript support to non-postscript printers.
# cd gs7.00/
# ln -s ./src/unix-gcc.mak makefile
Even if you have jpeg installed
unpack ghostscript-7.00jpeg.tar.gz within gs7.00/ and -
# mv jpeg-6b jpeg
If you don't have zlib and libpng installed
unpack ghostscript-7.00libpng.tar.gz and ghostscript-7.00zlib.tar.gz
within gs7.00/ and -
# mv libpng-1.0.10 libpng
# mv zlib-1.1.3 zlib
If you have zlib and libpng installed edit the makefile -
Also edit the makefile if you want to change the prefix to /usr -
prefix = /usr/local
prefix = /usr
Make sure you have the paths to your X libs and X*.h files accessible to
the build process. With a default X install they should be in
/usr/X11R6/lib and /usr/X11R6/include/X11.
Add the following two lines to /etc/ld.so.conf -
To make these directories immediately accessible, run -
If you don't have X then comment out all the lines in the makefile
dealing with X.
Then build and install with -
Install fonts in the ghostscript directory -
# cd /usr/share/ghostscript
# tar xvfz path_to_/ghostscript-fonts-std-6.0.tar.gz
Notes: There are several flavors of Ghostscript see -
a2ps is a text/any to Postscript filter.
./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc/a2ps \
--disable-nls --enable-shared &&
Notes: During the make process you will be notified that a2ps works better
with "psutils." It's your choice. For more information on that see -
Apsfilter a filter that runs ghostscript and creates /etc/printcap.
To install run -
You will be asked a series of questions. Some of the information SETUP
will be looking for: printer type, which driver you want to use, paper size,
network or local printer, etc.
Note the driver name as you will be copying the driver to a different directory
later. Don't worry if you try "Test" during apsfilter setup and it
doesn't work. Make sure the values you have entered are correct and
install the configuration.
The driver should be in /usr/src/apsfilter/uniprint/
copy it to /usr/share/ghostscript/6.50/lib/
The driver should be picked up by apsfilter on that path but if it
becomes an issue, the path to the driver can be set in
Next test and fix permissions with the new setup by running -
# checkpc -f
We are almost ready to test our new configuration. If the line printer
daemon (lpd) is running issue -
# lpc reread
If lpd isn't running start it with -
Test by sending a print job with lpr -
# lpr file_to_print
Sources and disclaimer
I certainly don't consider myself an expert at print installations:) It
should give you a good start though. This hint could use some cleaning
up, hence ver 0.8. I welcome any comments.
The sources I followed for my initial print install -
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