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Re: [TCLUG:3797] Kernel 2.2.0 - Good news!!! (and printer question)

Ok... I had more time to look at this.  /dev/lp is definitely pointing to
lp0.  /etc/printcap contains only references to /dev/lp.  printtool is not
much help at all.  I'm starting to get to the point where I'm thinking
this might be either a bug in the kernel or in the RedHat 5.1 libraries.

Just to recap: I can print straight text to my printer, but no PostScript.
PS worked fine before (printed it with StarOffice), but now prints an
error dump to the printer in text mode whenever I try to print.  All of
this happened right after I compiled and installed the new kernel.

Thanks for bearing with me here...

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Hicks <>
To: <>
Date: Thursday, February 04, 1999 11:20 AM
Subject: Re: [TCLUG:3797] Kernel 2.2.0 - Good news!!! (and printer

> Ok... I finally had time to look at this, with no joy so far.  I did
> to switch my /dev/lp link over to lp0, but this doesn't seem to be the
> problem.  Is there something specific in /etc/printcap I need to change
> manually, or is there a utility I need to use?  Also, I wouldn't mind
> reading up on the problem, if I knew what would help.?

If you have a RedHat system, I'd recommend using the 'printtool' utility
to change this..  Unfortunately, it might be slightly hidden..

However, the really quick way of doing it is looking into /etc/printcap
and changing anything that looks like /dev/lp1 to /dev/lp0..  Here's a
chunk from my /etc/printcap.  Hopefully it will ease understanding..

##PRINTTOOL3## LOCAL stcolor 360x360 letter {} EpsonStylusColor Default

See the line that has ":lp=/dev/lp0:\" in it?  It's likely that you have
a 1 there instead of a 0..