Subject: Re: lpd and filter programs
To: None <tech-userlevel@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Greg A. Woods <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 07/22/1998 22:52:30
[ On Wed, July 22, 1998 at 01:58:31 (-0700), "Erik E. Fair" (Timekeeper) wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: lpd and filter programs
> Of course, we should also be careful to avoid feeping creaturism;
> otherwise we'll end up with a monstrosity like "lp".
I think you've got things backwards. Lpr is a monstrosity. Lp is quite
simple and elegant. At least from an implementation point of view. Lp
only gets ugly when you graft lpr on the side and have two different
kinds of network attachments, but that's not the lp I'm talking about.
Lpr's only "advantage" is a single common configuration file in the form
of a termcap-style database of barely descriptive attributes and flags.
Lp is a bit more difficult to configure because information is more
spread out, but there was a nifty command-line interface to do it all in
one go, and that normally worked quite well.
Greg A. Woods
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