Linux General question

I have been trying for a while to get my canon bjc-240 to work under Linux.
 I have read the printing-HOWTO, but still have a few questions...

I am able to cat text to the printer, but I get a staircase effect.  I
understand that I need to set up filters in lpd to take care of this...
What is the easiest way to go about this?

When I do lpr filename, I get the message: connection to lp@myhostname
failed - connection refused.

What am I doing wrong?  If anyone has the same printer, your lpd.conf and
printcap would be extremely helpful.

Thanks a lot!
justjAsked:
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jeffa072897Commented:

Here is what I use for a local attached printer.

This is a script file called "print" in /usr/bin which is chmod 755

cat $1|/usr/bin/lpfilter|/usr/bin/lpr -Phpj

This is a staircase filter that I found in the origional Linux Bible boot. The file is caled lpfilter and lives in /usr/bin.

#!/bin/sh
if [ "$1" = -c ]; then
  cat
else
/ sed -e s/$/
fi
# the ''echo -ne'' assumes that /bin/sh is really bash
echo -ne \\f

Lastly here is my printcap file -

# Generic printer:
#lp:lp=/dev/lp1:sd=/usr/spool/lp1:sh
#lp|genicom|local:lp=/dev/lp1:if=/usr/lib/lpd/lpf:sd=/usr/spool/lp1:sh:
lp|genicom:if=/usr/bin/lpfilter::rp=raw:\
        :rm=BEDFORD_POLOCK_PRT:sd=/usr/spool/lp1:sh:
#
# HP Laser jet plus
hpj|lp2:\
        :lp=:rm=dprint:\
        :sd=/usr/spool/lp2:

One important note. If your printer is networked then you must pipe through the filter before giving the data to lpr. The lpd daemon that comes with Linux dosent support filters to network filters. Here's an example of what I mean -

Take a file and put in the following -
cat $1|/usr/bin/lpfilter|/usr/bin/lpr -Plp
chmod the file 755 and call it as file <file to print>



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justjAuthor Commented:
I still get 'connection refused'.  Checked /etc/lpd.perms, everything looks fine...  Thanks for the answer, Jeff.
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