Howto program ecpp0 correctly?

Howto program ecpp0 correctly?

Post by Michael Halad » Fri, 20 Oct 2000 04:00:00

can anybody provide me a piece of sample c code on how to program correctly
the /dev/ecpp0 port.
That means: read the port state(Printer ready, busy, paperout...), write to
the port, ...

I have problems on a Ultra10 running Solaris 2.6 5/98

I applied the patch 105741-05 (105741-07 seems not to work) to eliminate the
following errors:
1) ecpp_isr: interrupt not for us
2) interrupt level 3 not serviced

So these two errors are eliminated.
sometimes when I try to open the port /dev/ecpp0, I get the Error Device
Busy, but nobody (no process) is using it!!

Further, if I write a bigger part of graphics Data to the printer (port),
several datas are lost during transmission. Guess cause the Handshake is not
working correctly.??

What is the difference of ECPPIOC_TESTIO ioctl( ) and BPPIOC_TESTIO ?
Compilation and run is possible wether i include <sys/ecppio.h> or
<sys/bpp_io.h> !

So, if anybody has a sample code please send it to me!

Finally, i have to write the application to run on SPARC(SBus and PCI) and
Intel !
Thanks for any hints andd tips and codes...
Michael Halada


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I have the following is a C program:

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        strcat(processBuffer, pid[temp2]);
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        process_output = popen(processBuffer, "r");
        fread(fetchBuffer, 1, 30, process_output);
        if(!strcmp(fetchBuffer, "No processes available"))
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The pid[temp2] is a char type containing the pid, eg. "537". What
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process_output. So, how do I STOP it from printing to screen and
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If the answer is "don't use popen, could you please provide a very
simple example, or parts of one?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Cheers.
Mike Berry-Porter

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