SCO Unix/System V Printing FAQ
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systems. While some of the information may be applicable to any OS,
or any Unix or Linux OS, it may be specific to SCO Xenix, Open
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This is an ancient post with no relevance to modern systems.
If you don't have a Postscript printer, you might be able to use
Ghostscript (available from SCO's Skunkware Page ) to
get some functionality. Ghostscript is slow and has had a few
problems now and then, but you might find that you can live with
You can install ghostscript from the Skunkware CD; don't forget
that you also need the Glib (Graphics Library) package.
To see the printers that ghostscript supports, type
You may have to experiment a bit to find out what works best
with your printer; for example I found that "ljet4" was good for my
LaserJet 6L. I suggest that you create a simple Postscript file for
echo "testing" | text2post > /tmp/test.ps
so that you don't get page after page of junk if your first try
My script looks like this:
/usr/local/bin/gs -q -sDEVICE=ljet4 -r600 \
-sPAPERSIZE=letter -dNOPAUSE -dSAFER -sOutputFile="-" \
- | lp -dlaser -o raw
I call that "webprint", and once you've told Netscape to use it
instead of "lp",that's what continues to pop up in the Netscape
Or, you can get fancy and build gs support into your interface
script, even to the point of automatically recognizing Postscript
files. That can be a little tricky, and really has no advantage
over the shell script, but some people like to do it that way.
From - Tue Jun 27 06:27:32 2000
From: Tom Parsons <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Securing the Root account
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Tony Lawrence enscribed:
| Jean-Pierre Radley wrote:
| > Wayne Jackon propounded (on Fri, Jun 23, 2000 at 08:18:22AM +1000):
| > | Because I am being difficult. And that was the pages that I went for as I
| > | was curious as to see how it would be done myself, plus I am sitting on a
| > | Win2K machine and don't have access to a OSR box.
| > |
| > | But seriously, it give him a printable version if coming from a Windows
| > | machine.
| > Why is it any more less printable than if he'd pointed Netscape on his
| > OSR 5 box to his local help files?
| Because SCO systems don't install by default configured to
| be able to print anything from Netscape (unless you happen
| to have a Postscript printer) ? Because a SCO user who
| wants to print from Netscape needs to first *know* that they
| need gs, then download it (ppp configured yet? DNS?),
| install it, and then figure out how to make it work-
| starting, of course, with getting the newly installed man
| page to work.
| I'd say that makes it slightly less printable from SCO for
| the average user.
Well, if one is going to use ghostscript, there is a good chance they
have a HP compatible laser and probably be using the HPLaserJet
interface script, in which case:
man cat | lp -o nroff
is much cleaner. 'Course you need the tools and the knowledge of the
less than well known option. :-)
Tom Parsons firstname.lastname@example.org
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