Remote Printer problem

Remote Printer problem

Post by Javier Mateos Delga » Tue, 03 Oct 1995 04:00:00

Please, could you help us to solve a printing problem?

We have installed the magic-filter-0.4.tar.gz package from
on a PC i486 with linux operating system (version 1.2.8 kernel). This machine
is a printing server. When a remote machine send a job to be printed to
the server and the user make a lpq command while the server is processing
the job to printed it,
responding: "connection to server is down" but the job is printed correctly
and when the printing finish the user can make a lpq command and it work
correctly also.

What we can do?   Does anybody have some sugesstion.

Thanks you very much.

Armando Blanco.
Departamento de Ciencias de la computacion e Inteligencia Artificial
Universidad de Granada. Spain.


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