I have several printers that when I do a lpstat to them it hangs until
it times out. Is there a way to get an instant response? I just want to
be able to see what jobs are in the queue.
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I am trying to print over a network to a remote printer. I am using
bsdlpd which came with the latest slackware distribution. I have a
local printer working to a certain extent already. By that I mean that
I can print text through it. The printcap file I am using is included
below. When I try to enable the remote printer by typing "up brlw1" in
lpc, I get the message "unknown printer brlw1" I have created a queue
directory for it in the place specified in printcap. I have also tried
using the same printcap without the colons at the beginning of every
line. The machine name and printer name are correct. I have heard that
bsdlpd requires a device called lp to operate, so I made a soft link to
/dev/null called lp. I have of course killed and restarted bsdlpd every
time I made a change. I am using kernel version 2.0.33 with all the
important other stuff like gcc from the newest slackware distribution.
If anyone has an idea about how I can fix this, please email me at