[Xprint] Use xprint as main network printer spooler
reply-mozdev-05 at armiento.net
Sun Feb 6 13:08:12 EST 2005
I will soon have to rework our network printer setup; and I started
playing with the idea of using xprint as the main network printer
spooler system, rather than a BSD-like system or CUPS. I have done some
Googling etc. to research this, but I still need some helful pointers.
The idea is: I setup one network server with an Xprt daemon. The Xprt
daemon spools its jobs through some local spooling system. The clients
(mostly Linux computers) are all setup with XPSERVERLIST poiting towards
The problems I have is:
1) "Legacy" printing support for all the applications which want to
spool postscript through lp/lpr or similar. Is there an lpr replacement
that prints postscript through a remote Xprt server? If not, would it be
straightforward to write such an application by using ghostscript to
render the graphics on the Xprt server? Also, I suppose it could be even
simpler than that, depending on the real answer to the yet unanswared
FAQ question: "Can I pass my own PostScript code (fragment) to the print
spooler instead of letting Xprt's PostScript DDX generate it?" ...
2) Printer queue status; does xprint support reporting this? If it does:
is there some command line tool that can extract queue information
(i.e., like 'lpq')? Or is there even a graphical tool available for Linux?
Any help is much apprechiated,
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