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printing to win95 shared printer with linux

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Could someone please outline the steps required to make it possible for me to print to a network shared printer which is local to a Win95 machine from my linux box. Right now, I can print to the remote windows 95 machine, if I boot win95 on my computer, so I know the network is OK. I have tcp/ip and samba installed on my linux box, both work fine. What exactly do I have to do to be able to print to this windows 95 printer over the network. Specifically, this printer is a HP laserjet 4, do I need any special driver software to make this remote printer worK?
What do I have to do to print from various apps, like
ghostscript? thanks! -Borries
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You must add your win95 printer as a remote printer under linux.
This setup differs for BSD-style or SYSV-style printer spooler on you linux.
You also must enable lpd on your win95.
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by:demeler
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How do I add a remote printer under linux?
how do I enable lpd on the win95?
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> How do I add a remote printer under linux?
1. check for BSD-style or SYSV-style printer spooler:
     try lpc, if you get a prompt  lpc>  its  BSD-style
   If so (BSD), you have to manage /etc/printcap. Don't ask for step-by-step education here (this is experts-exchange.com ;-)), read the appropriate man pages, docs, etc.: man printcap; man lpr; man lpd; /usr/doc/*/howtow/Print*)
   
   If not (SYS-V), read docu also: man lpd; man lp; /usr/doc/...
   and install the files needed for printing in the spooling area. Most SYS-V style Linuxs have a configuration tool for it.

2. simple test it with: lp or lpr command

> how do I enable lpd on the win95?
lpd comes with most TCP/IP stacks (not with Microsoft's)-: , see documentation there.


But I would suggest an other solution:
   Just do it the other way around, means that you connect your printer to the Linux box (see step 1. and 2. above) and use it as a remote printer from win95. This will be much easyer and performant.
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