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© December 2003 (various)

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How can I send change defaults permanently; for example make a printer always print in Landscape mode? (SCO Unix/System V )

You need to understand printer interface scripts as explained at the beginning of this section of the FAQ

For this example, we'll use the HPLaserJet model script. In /var/spool/lp/model:


 cp HPLaserJet HPLandscape
 

Now examine the script. Around line 469, you'll find:

        -landscape | landscape | land | -land) # select landscape orientation
                orientation="landscape";;
 

That shows you that when you do "lp -o landscape" (or any of the other accepted variations), the script sets a variable "orientation". Later on, it tests that variable and sends the appropriate control codes.

Previously, around line 266, you'll find:

 outputmode="cooked"
 banner="yes"
 orientation="def"
 pagemode="def"
 nroff=""
 

That's where you make the change. Change

 orientation="landscape"
 

Now, define your printer and have it use HPLandscape as its model.

Other model scripts will use different syntax, but the principle is the same.


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