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Mabe I'll by a HP DeskJet 520 printer and I'm woundering if I can print postscript files on it? Do I need some special programs to do that?
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94, all you need do is use ghostscript. This is the Linux/GNU version of Postscript.
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Someone told me that I neaded some mor program also, but it's not that way?
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You need to setup a /etc/printcap entry for the printer. Something like this will do...

lp|inkjet: \
        :lp=/dev/lp1: \
        :sd=/var/spool/lpd/lp: \
        :if=/usr/local/bin/lpfilter: \
        :mx#0: \
        :sh
 
# HP DeskJet 520 (Postscript)
psjet|postscript_inkjet: \
        :lp=/dev/lp1: \
        :sd=/var/spool/lpd/psjet: \
        :if=/usr/local/bin/psjetfilter: \
        :mx#0: \
        :sh

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94, /usr/local/bin/lpfilter looks like this...
#!/bin/sh
#This File came out of the Printing-HOWTO
echo -ne \\033\&k2G
cat
echo -ne \\f

and /usr/local/bin/psjetfilter looks like...
nice -n 20 /usr/bin/gs -q -dSAFER -dNOPAUSE -sDEVICE=deskjet -sOutputFile=- -

You don't need the "nice -n 20" bit. This just gives printing the low priority it deserves. Good luck.
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Thanks!


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