Subject: Re: Some Help Debugging lpd with MacOS 9 printing.
To: gabriel rosenkoetter <>
From: Henry B. Hotz <>
List: port-macppc
Date: 10/26/2001 15:05:37
At 1:19 PM -0400 10/26/01, gabriel rosenkoetter wrote:
>On Fri, Oct 26, 2001 at 09:55:28AM -0700, Henry B. Hotz wrote:
>>  In my case I have a printer connected directly to a NetBSD machine.
>>  I didn't want to pay the extra $200 for a network interface.  (That's
>>  what the NetBSD PC cost a couple of years ago.)  Since MacOS 9 is
>>  supposed to support the lpr protocol and NetBSD likewise it seemed
>>  natural to try to make them talk that way.  Why install an extra
>>  package (that was pretty recalcitrant under Solaris the last time I
>>  used it)?
>I recall having to specially install some software from Apple to
>make Mac OS 9 actually deal with lpr printers properly. Did you do
>something like this? Do you know that the version of Mac OS 9 you've
>got already includes this?

Well it knows to make an lpr printer connection.  Perhaps you're 
thinking that you have to use the Desktop Printer Utility to create 
the printer connection.  You can't do it directly with the Chooser.

>  > What I discovered when I tried the lpr approach was that lpd hangs up
>>  the connection before anything happens.  How do I dump the pitiful
>>  little data that is exchanged -- or otherwise debug what happens?

Installing a new program just to look at 6 characters seems like 
overkill, but I'll look at it.
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