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remote line printer not printing banner page

We have a GeniCom 5000 series Line printer on our network. I used "Add Remote Printer/Plotter..." in the SAM to set up the queue. It prints just fine, except that no banner page prints, and we need the banner page.

Any ideas why? Printing the banner page is suppose to be the default.
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Re: remote line printer not printing banner page

Hi,

Printing banner page feature should be enabled on the printserver where the printer is actully configured not on the remote servers.

If the printserver is HP-UX server,
edit the printer script
/var/spool/lp/interface/printer_name

search the variable "banner"

It should be enabled like this

banner="yes"

Some printer have option to enable/disable banner on it's own configurations.
Best wishes,

Ganesh.
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Re: remote line printer not printing banner page

Hi

In /etc/lp/interface/printer_name file search for no banner and it should be like below

no Banner = no

if this value is yes, than it will not print banner

Regards
Sanjeev

Everything is Possible as " IMPOSSIBLE" word itself says I M POSSIBLE
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Re: remote line printer not printing banner page

Hi Ganesan R


I think the entry of banner in printer file is

no banner = no

not

banner = yes

Regards
Sanjeev
Everything is Possible as " IMPOSSIBLE" word itself says I M POSSIBLE
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Re: remote line printer not printing banner page

The remote queue goes directly to the printer that has an EasyCom Xpress PSIO 10/100 print server installed. I don't see a way to configure it to print banner pages.

I have a queue on our OpenVMS box for it, and jobs from there print with a banner.
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Re: remote line printer not printing banner page

Hi

U need to change this config on node where u have installed remote printer.

Regards
Sanjeev
Everything is Possible as " IMPOSSIBLE" word itself says I M POSSIBLE
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Re: remote line printer not printing banner page

what do you mean by the "node where u have installed remote printer."

There is only one server in this equation, the HP-UX box. The remote queue goes to the IP address of the line printer.

Same set up as on our OpenVMS box, which does print a banner page.

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Re: remote line printer not printing banner page

i believe the root of the issue is that "remote" printers (as opposed to "network" printers), don't do much of anything to the file being printed, they send the file along w/ a few basic options to the destination (in your case the EasyCom), and the "destination" is supposed to take care of the formatting.....

I know zip about VMS, but I'll bet it creates the banner page and concatenates the printed file to it, sending the result on to the printer.

You might be able to do something similar in the "rmodel" script (assuming that's what you used at install time).

As I noted before, remote printers have limited options and I don't know off-hand if a banner page is available.
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Re: remote line printer not printing banner page

Banner pages are only possible with direct connect printers (ie, serial, parallel or JetDirect). A remote printer must use a primitive protocol which does not define a banner page. If you are handy with scripting, take a look at the /usr/lib/lp/model directory. These scripts have sample code that could be added to the rlp script used for remote printing.


Bill Hassell, sysadmin