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#1 2004-03-23 23:27:11

arthur_mueller
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printing quality

Hello, all,

I have a simple problem, I don't know how I can set the default print quality. I'm using LPRng with IFHP filter. I know there is a possibility to make this witzh -Z option of lpr, but I can't find the keyword to set quality. I mean something like this:
lpr -Z keyword_for_print_quality=draft

There is nothing about this in the lpr manpage. lp uses lp -o dq, but it doesn't work.

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#2 2004-03-24 03:54:24

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Re: printing quality

I think the easiest way would be to go here:

http://localhost:631

You can log in using root and root's password.

Then go to printers and click on the configure printers button.

Hopefully that gives you what you need.

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#3 2004-03-24 04:55:19

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Re: printing quality

steelerguy wrote:

I think the easiest way would be to go here:

http://localhost:631

You can log in using root and root's password.

Then go to printers and click on the configure printers button.

Hopefully that gives you what you need.

that's the cups interface....this user is using LPRng.


have you looked on the LPRng homepage for any documentation? I remember reading somewhere about print quality but i can't remember where now.


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#4 2004-03-24 11:30:59

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Re: printing quality

LPRng ... is longtime ago for me, but how i controled quality was this: make more printers for one real printer -- every one has diferent configured quality in the configs:

instead of

lp

use:

lpdraft
lpfinal
lpfast

that's how i used it, but it was more a workaround :-)


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#5 2004-03-24 15:52:34

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Re: printing quality

@sarah31

Yes, I have already read the most topics of the documentations of LPRng and IFHP (it was a long day). After successful installation I was just too lazy to search for a simple thing like printing quality smile


@dp

Do you mean I should add these printers to printcap? Yes, ok. But what is the option to set print quality in printcap or in lpd.conf?


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#6 2004-03-24 22:19:12

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Re: printing quality

perhaps the term "resolution" is what you need to add to your lpr command.

this link has some data at the bottom that may give you some ideas.

http://www.linuxprinting.org/lpd-doc.html


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#7 2004-03-24 23:29:28

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Re: printing quality

arthur_mueller wrote:

Do you mean I should add these printers to printcap? Yes, ok. But what is the option to set print quality in printcap or in lpd.conf?

dont know for sure ... it's long ago i played with this stuff around, but a good link is:

http://www.sunsite.ualberta.ca/Document … WTO-5.html

... by the way: why are you not using CUPS?


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#8 2004-03-25 00:36:45

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Re: printing quality

I've tried, but the package is bigger, isn't it. It was everything ok with CUPS, it has worked. But I don't like CUPS. I don't know why, but I just do it. I have very minimalistic way using software. I want to know where is whta I have installed and what do that. CUPS is too simple. If I had used CUPS I would have never learned in which way the printing spooling is realised on linux and what is ghostscript's function and what is PS, PCL or PJL. After I have learned something about the functionality of something, then I can use more simple software.


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#9 2004-03-25 01:47:33

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Re: printing quality

arthur_mueller wrote:

I've tried, but the package is bigger, isn't it. It was everything ok with CUPS, it has worked. But I don't like CUPS. I don't know why, but I just do it. I have very minimalistic way using software. I want to know where is whta I have installed and what do that. CUPS is too simple. If I had used CUPS I would have never learned in which way the printing spooling is realised on linux and what is ghostscript's function and what is PS, PCL or PJL. After I have learned something about the functionality of something, then I can use more simple software.

he he .. good way, but a little time-consuming ... enjoy the HowTo :-)


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#10 2004-03-25 03:27:45

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Re: printing quality

LPRng was far less of a hassle to use. I used turboprint with it and while cups users suffered many issues over the months i had none.

i am not a big fan of cups myself (though i do use it in crux right now and i believe it is part of OS X's printing system).

actually i think i will be migrating my printer over to my Mac soon because controlling the quality is such a pain in the ass in linux.


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#11 2004-03-25 18:14:17

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Re: printing quality

I have found a few options for setting printing quality with IFHP.

For PostScript printers

lpr -Zdraft file
lpr -Zfast file
lpr -Znormal file

For PCL printers

lpr -Zrough file
lpr -Znormal file

I have a PCL printer and the option rough doesn't really work. But some other options for the built-in features like pitch=number, italic, bold or landscape work ok.

I don't now what I have to do. Maybe I will install Apsfilter. It's small too, but have more support und is user friendly.


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