I'm currently using a 25MHz 486 with 8mb ram as a print server, for an
HP LaserJet 6L. It's running Samba/CUPS on Debian Woody, and it works
fairly well: printing is possible from Mac OSX and another Debian box
via ipp, and from Win2k with Samba. However, since it's such a slow
beast, all the machines are set up to send raw data (PCL I think) to the
server rather than sending Postscript and letting the print server
convert into PCL with ghostscript.
This means that I can do no page accounting: the /var/cups/page_log file
shows that CUPS thinks that every job is one page long. Is there any
package that give me accurate page accounting? Essentially I think I
want to get the print server to dissect the PCL to figure out how many
pages are being printed. An alternative approach would be to query the
printer to see how many pages are being printed.
I'm happy to ditch CUPS if that would help...
Real email address:
rupert underscore levene at yahoo dot co dot uk