Q: PostScript printing

Tim Cutts tjrc1 at mole.bio.cam.ac.uk
Mon Mar 17 04:25:58 EST 1997

In article <332CEA1C.5556 at cc.huji.ac.il>,
Andrei Kirillov  <andreyk at cc.huji.ac.il> wrote:
>Actually it started as a GCG-related question...
>Is there a Unix program to print PostScript files directly from 
>the host Unix machine to the PostScript printer connected to the PC?
>It is a local printer connected to LPT1 port on our PC, 
>not a network printer. 
>And we use Telnet client under DOS or MS-Windows 
>to access Unix box (Irix 5.3) from our PC.
>     Briefly, I need something with a syntax:
>%PSfile_printing_program  PSfile_to_be_printed
>     to easily print GCG graphical output saved in a PostScript file.

It is possible to set up a PC as a proper UNIX printing host.  You
need to run an lp daemon on your PC.  If you are running Windows NT,
you don't need any extra software - NT can act as a UNIX print
server.  Otherwise you will need to get an lpd program for your PC.
These are available on the net, with a bit of hunting.

You then need to get the system administrator of the IRIX machine to
set up a print queue for your printer.  Once that is done, you can use
the standard IRIX lp command to print to it.


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