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Unix PS Printing to NT Server Queues

By Curious_George ·
Server OS: NT4 or W2K
Print Driver: HP CLJ4500DN Postscript
Server Name: PS1
Queue Name: PS-Trans
Tray 1: Manual Feed (disabled in driver config)
Tray 2: Transparencies
Tray 3: Letter (disabled in driver config)

Document Default settings inprint queue all point to Tray 2(transparencies), so do all device driver settings. Tray 1 & 3 medias are disabled.

Trying to get Unix clients to use a MS-based server for printing transparencies. They create a remote print queue on their Unix workstation, pointing to Server: PS1 Printer: PS-Trans.

ASCII print jobs come out on transparency media, like they should, but PostScript print jobs come out on plain paper from Tray 3! It appears that the PS file passes through the queue to the default tray on the printer not to the tray selected by the driver. Changing the default tray on the printer itself is not an option.

All NT clients printing to that queue generate Transparencies by default.

Any ideas how to get Unix PS print jobsto come out on transparency media in Tray 2 using the NT server queue?

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by Ann777 In reply to Unix PS Printing to NT Se ...

The only way I can think of, is by ftp'ing the print output to another Windows' based box and writing a script that takes it into MS Word and outputs to the NT print server.

Sorry, there's not any easier way that I know of. Unix is not as flexible with external devices.

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by Curious_George In reply to Unix PS Printing to NT Se ...

I'm sorry I have still not found an acceptable solution to the problem, the project has been abandonded due to technical merits. Though many answers were intelligent and helpful(while others should have remained silent because they obviously can notread), none solved the problem, therefore I simply can not award my points. Thank you for your contribution though.

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by mshavrov In reply to Unix PS Printing to NT Se ...

Your guess was correct - PS goes by another way. I'm not sure which Unix system do you use, but what I can say: Unix printing process Text and PostScript files by different way and it can even ignore or change some parameters transmitted to printer queue. In case Unix detect it's text file it sends it to printer queue directly (more or less). In case it detects that it's Postscript file - it retrieves printer information and if it decide that it's not Postscript printer it uses specific filters(conversion utilities) which transforms Postscript data to intermediate format which then is transfered to printer queue. You should check printers definitions on your Unix machines and ether specify that your remote printer is Postscript printer orcheck filters information for Postscript conversion. It looks like after filter it sends data directly to Server but without Queue information (or with incorrect information).

Good luck.

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by Curious_George In reply to Unix PS Printing to NT Se ...

I'm sorry I have still not found an acceptable solution to the problem, the project has been abandonded due to technical merits. Though many answers were intelligent and helpful(while others should have remained silent because they obviously can notread), none solved the problem, therefore I simply can not award my points. Thank you for your contribution though.

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by twang In reply to Unix PS Printing to NT Se ...

To search a white paper " LPD Server Adds and Prints Control Codes" from Microsoft website. It helps to configure a Win nt/2000 accepts print task from UNIX.

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by Curious_George In reply to Unix PS Printing to NT Se ...

I'm sorry I have still not found an acceptable solution to the problem, the project has been abandonded due to technical merits. Though many answers were intelligent and helpful(while others should have remained silent because they obviously can notread), none solved the problem, therefore I simply can not award my points. Thank you for your contribution though.

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by cavedweller In reply to Unix PS Printing to NT Se ...

Here is an alternate solution. For several years I have "shared" Hp LaserJet printers with JetDirect interfaces between my SunOs/Solaris and Win-NT print queues. I set up a print queue on a Solaris server and all my Unix machines print through it and another print queue on my NT server. The JetDirect interface does a good job working with both servers.

Also (even if you use a single NT print server), make sure you have the exact ppd (postscript printer description) file installed on your Unix machines. The ppd file maps printer options to postscript commands. To use advanced features such as changing paper types or selecting alternate feed trays you need to have a ppd file written specifically for your printer. Generic ppd files only cover the basic features.

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by Curious_George In reply to Unix PS Printing to NT Se ...

I'm sorry I have still not found an acceptable solution to the problem, the project has been abandonded due to technical merits. Though many answers were intelligent and helpful(while others should have remained silent because they obviously can notread), none solved the problem, therefore I simply can not award my points. Thank you for your contribution though.

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by peace monger In reply to Unix PS Printing to NT Se ...

Have you considered installing samba on your Windows NT server to handle file and print services? That's a cross platform, public domain solution that allows for different configurations. I wouldn't expect Unix clients to respect a Windows print driver, but with samba, I think you have more options available.

Peace Monger

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by Curious_George In reply to Unix PS Printing to NT Se ...

I'm sorry I have still not found an acceptable solution to the problem, the project has been abandonded due to technical merits. Though many answers were intelligent and helpful(while others should have remained silent because they obviously can notread), none solved the problem, therefore I simply can not award my points. Thank you for your contribution though.

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