Unreachable printer devices (lp0, lp1, and lp2).

Unreachable printer devices (lp0, lp1, and lp2).

Post by D Parso » Fri, 08 Apr 1994 22:47:10

I installed  Slackware 1.2.0 on one machine with no problem for these
devices (cat file >/dev/lp0 etc printed OK). Using the same disks on a second
machine left me with these devices not being recogni  zed. (the  above cat
command causes: bash:/dev/lp0 no such device). There appeared to be only
one error in the installation disks (a bad file in disk xv1, also no
oi or q series  disks were available). Thse files have the same permissions
on both machines:
crw-rw---- 1 root lp   6, 0 Nov 30 time  lp0
crw-rw---- 1 root lp   6, 1              lp1
crw-rw--r- 1 root  root  6, 2            lp2
and for /dev
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root                   /dev/
putting  a  test file inside /dev/ and chmod 777 on lp0 still leaves it
unrecogized. Removing lp0 and using mknod -m 660 /dev/lp0 c 6 0 gives
another lp0 which is also not recognized. Anybody know what is going on?

Donald F. Parsons MD, Wadsworth Ctr. Rm C273, NY State Dept of Health, ESP,
PO Box 509, Albany, NY 12201-0509. (518)474-7047 Fax: (518)474-7992


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           Hi, I've just started using Linux having used Unix in the past.
I've got a problem and I'm hoping that someone may be able to suggest a

     Having successfully installed Linux( Red Hat V6.0 Kernel 2.2.5-15 on a
Dell Dimension PIII 500Mhz ) and selected a printer driver I set up my
spoolers and ensured lpd was running. However while logged in as root trying
to redirect the output of a 'cat' command directly to the printer yielded no
output from the printer. Having checked with some FAQs and support sites I
note that the Epson Color 440 ( the printer I'm trying to use ) should be
completely compatible with Linux. I noticed an article which spoke about the
'stcolor' driver but this seemed more to do with the quality of the output
rather than the fact that there was no output at all. I tried running
printtool and it said that it could find no devices attached to /dev/lp0,
/dev/lp1 or /dev/lp2. According to Windows '98 the printer is installed on
the "ECP Printer Port" LPT1. My modem is installed on COM2( INT 9, Addr. 0 )
while COM1( INT 4, Addr. 3F8, UART NS 16550AN) does not have anything
attached. The printer works fine with Windows '98.

Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You


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