1. Unusually complex/exotic lpr, lpd, printcap games & fun...
First of all I am quite familure with RedHat's printtool and the 'magic
filter' games. I have a Cannon BJ330 printer. This is a *wide
carriage* pin-feed (I have a sheet feeder also) ink-jet printer. I have
it running in Epson emulation mode. It behaves like a 24-pin Epson
printer. I have everything setup and working fine with GS 5.10 (under
RH 5.2). There are some special things *I* want to do, however, and I
am not sure how to do them.
I do two *main* kinds of printing (at present): PostScript on normal
letter sized paper (8.5x11) and non PostScript printing on wide pin-feed
(continuous) paper (I presently have some paper that is 14+" wide, by
8.5" between perfs. -- yes, 'short' pages, but you get 68 lines/page at
8 lpi (the printer has an '8 lines per inch' mode). At present the
normal setup works just fine. I manually switch the printer's feed
source and manually 'sync' what I print with how the printer is set up.
The normal print filter includes the option '-papersize=LETTER' on the
gs command line, which at present is ok, BUT I want to do some special
I'd like to print on 'strange' sized paper sometimes. I am not sure if
I should edit /usr/share/ghostscript/5.10/gs_statd.ps or if there is a
better way to deal with strange sizes.
I'd like to have filters in place for several different paper sizes at
the same time (randomly editing or having way too much fun with mv/ln
is something I'd like to avoid), and somehow specify on the lpr command
which filter / filter options to use. I'm thinking: I could set up
several queues all feeding the same device, but I am not sure if that
will create a mess (lock and queue management nastiness). Is lpr/lpd
too dumb to handle this sort of reality or is there a 'smart' lpr/lpd
replacement available? I could probably create a 'smart' lpr/lpd
package that supported the extra options -- would anybody else even be
interested in such a beast? Note: there might not be any way to tell
*from the tile itself* what options it would want (although peeking for
%%PageSize or %%DocumentMedia, etc. options might be possible, these
might not be there or be meaningful sometimes).
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