> My administrator says it is not the print queue that's
> responsible for this,
> it's the computer but I think it is something to do with the
Actually, you are both right, in a certain sense.
The problem has to do with line terminations. UNIX text files have
lines terminated with line-feed characters. The printer is expecting
a line-feed, carriage-return combination. My guess (you didn't say)
is that the printer is an HP LaserJet of some sort.
Until the LaserJet came along, <lf> to <cr><lf> translations were
done by the printer, usually with a configuration parameter or switch
setting. Early LaserJets could be configured properly with a soft-
ware setting, but not permanently. Later models can be configured
through the front panel menu's to perform this translation.
The admin is right in that the UNIX file does not contain everything
the printer needs to properly print the job. With only line-feed
characters the line advances, but the print never restarts at the
left margin, so it "stair steps" down the page and quickly off of the
The admin is wrong in that a properly configured queue for the printer
would ensure that the printer is configured (through sending the
proper "escape sequence") for printing UNIX text files.
Edward E. Elzey
Seay Systems Inc