Platform: SPARCstation 5, Solaris 2.5, no patches,
HP LaserJet III w/PostScript cartr.
connected with a 19200 bps serial line to the SPARC
I've experienced flaky behaviour for this printer, when using the
spooler on the SPARCstation. Occasionally printing works OK, but on
other occasions, the printer gets stuck in "PROCESSING DATA", and
nothing comes out.
Using lprm doesn't work. But if I do a
rm -r /var/spool/lp/tmp
/bin/sh /etc/init.d/lp start
reset the printer, and start again, the file prints.
This could be caused by a flaky serial connection, but the fact that
*if* it prints, it will print correctly even large files, makes me
doubt this. The same printer also worked perfectly well with a much
longer serial line, and 19200bps to an Ultrix box.
It does seem to be related to having more than one job in the print
queue, but I haven't been able to prove this conclusively.
I've been searching comp.unix.solaris on Deja News for this problem,
and I've found many mentions of problems with the 2.5 print spooler,
but I haven't stumbled over any conclusive solutions/patches for the
Right now I'm wondering whether to look for such patches, or to
Insights into this, will be helpful!
Steinar Bang, NCR Norge AS, METIS Solutions
P.O.Box 1094, N-3194 Horten, Norway