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I am looking for the best way to connect my linux server to several HP Laserjets over a LAN. The Printers have jetdirect cards in and therefore their own IP addresses, etc.

Ideally it would something like the SCO way as i am looking to port the applications from the current SCO server to Linux.

Many thanx
Paul Atkinson
patkinson@aerotek.co.uk
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If the printers have JetDirect cards and are getting their own IP addresses from bootp and tftp, then they should be their own full-fledged lpr servers already.

in your printcap put something like:

# REMOTE HP LJ
     lp|dj|deskjet:\
             :sd=/var/spool/lpd/hplj:\
             :rm=somehost.somewhere.com:\
             :rp=printername:\
             :lp=/dev/null:\
             :sh:

Of course, substitute the rm= and rp= entries with your printer's IP address and the name that your printer thinks it is.

(I've done this before and it's fun...)

Good luck!

Mart
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