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HP JET DIRECT PRINTER ADMIN FOR TRU64

Robert M. Agnew
Occasional Visitor

HP JET DIRECT PRINTER ADMIN FOR TRU64

Is there a version of the HPPI (HP Jet Direct Printer Admin) drivers for Tru64 on Alpha?

Thank you, Robert M. Agnew
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noldi
Valued Contributor

Re: HP JET DIRECT PRINTER ADMIN FOR TRU64

Hi Robert,

there are no HPPI drivers for Tru64 UNIX
that I know of.

On the other hand, this is not needed to
print to an HP Printer via the JetDirect
port, since this functionality is built
into the BSD printing subsystem already.

All you need is an entry simmilar to this
in your "/etc/services" file:

# grep 9100 /etc/services
printserver 9100/tcp

Adding your printer to the system with
"lprsetup", you specify the network parameters on the
'lp' Line like this:
@/
where is your entry in /etc/hosts
or DNS and is the entry in
/etc/services.

So your lp parameter-line would
look similar to this:
.
:lp=@pz51/printserver:\
.


See the help text in "lprsetup" for this
subject below:

Set device pathname 'lp' [] ? ?

The 'lp' parameter is the name of the special file to open for
output. The default value is '/dev/lp', which is for a parallel
printer. Additional parallel printers should have names like: lp1,
lp2, lp3, ..., etc.,. For serial printers, a terminal line should
have a name like /dev/tty01, /dev/tty02, ..., etc. For telnet
printers the value should have the format @hostname[/servicename]
or @ipaddress[/servicename]. The service name is optional and will
default to the port number defined for 'printserver' in the
'/etc/services' file.


My experience is, that "servicename" is not
optional though. Adding HP Printers like this gives you the
opportunity to use more sophisticated lpr
options like "-Olandscape" or "-w132".

Best Regards,

Arnold
Robert M. Agnew
Occasional Visitor

Re: HP JET DIRECT PRINTER ADMIN FOR TRU64

Arnold:

Thanks very much for your reply.

I'm not the Tru64 Admin, I'm the Solaris Admin. I use the HPPI (Jet Direct/Admin) tool to add/configure printers on my Solaris systems. Our Tru64/Alpha Admin was having trouble printing to a newly purchased Toshiba eStudio-230 multi-function departmental device.

I successfully added this device, via my JetAdmin (HPPI) utility, then completed the configuration via the Solaris Admintools utility. I could then print to this device with no problems.

Since this is a Toshiba product, and the Solaris JetAdmin (HPPI) utility was able to successfully set up a driver for it, I was hoping that the same functionality would be available to our Tru64/Alpha Admin - particularly since both the Tru64/Alpha and HPPI are products of the "same" company. (Apparently no - part of why Carly is gone...?)

I've passed your reply on to Gene to see if it's something he can work with. By the way, the Toshiba folks were here all day yesterday, working with Gene, with no success.

Thanks again.
Robert M. Agnew
Sr. GIS Analyst - Administrator
City of Las Vegas
702 229-6059
noldi
Valued Contributor

Re: HP JET DIRECT PRINTER ADMIN FOR TRU64

Hello Robert,

I don't know the Toshiba product, and it is
unlikely that Tru64 will support it directly.

But if you are able to talk to your device
via "telnet 9100", and
this product is compatible to some listed
HP LaserJet printers, then it should be
possible to configure a print queue to it
from within Tru64 UNIX without any additional HPPI software.

Best Regards,

Arnold