Subject: Re: Connecting IP-based printer?
To: Brian Grayson <>
From: Johnny Billquist <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 04/17/2007 12:45:19
Don't know for sure, but perhaps using rp and rm is better than using 
lp. Using lp, I wonder which remote printer the output will go to...?


Brian Grayson wrote:
>   I purchased a Brother MFC-665CW printer/fax/etc. box recently, and have
> it working wirelessly with the Windows half of the home network.
>   I noticed that when I telnet in to the printer, it mentions support for
> lpr/lpd protocol, which looks promising.  If I add the following
> /etc/printcap entry, _something_ happens, but it doesn't print:
> lp3:sh:lp=515@
>   Via the printer's telnet interface, I can see that it logs a
> connection each time I do an lpr, and lpq dequeues the job, but it does
> not print, and the printer's interface doesn't increment 'files printed'.
>   So I guess I have a few questions:
>   - anything obviously wrong?  From lpq's point of view, the job is
>   printed and gone, so obviously _it_ is happy.
>   - a tcpdump of the IP connection shows a lot of gibberish text.  Is
>   there any verbose mode to lpd (or any other tool) that can show in more
>   detail what it is doing?  I altered pstatus to also syslog its output,
>   and the last it prints is "Sending to 515@"
>   The documentation with the printer is of course slanted to M$ and
> MacOS, and online I only see stuff about LPRng and Linux, and not Plain
> Ol' Unix.
>   TIA.
>   Brian