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I need to redirect print jobs to tray3 on a HP LasertJet 5si printer.  There will be a specific print queue set up so that all jobs sent to this queue will be directed to tray 3 of the HP printer, currently they default to tray 2 which contains the company letterhead.  The printer filter needs to be written in either BASH or PERL however BASH is preferred by the UNIX ADMIN.
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If you're using Solaris or HP-UX, HP printers are well supported, just do
lp ...  -o tray3 -o ...

To do this "manually" send "\033&l${mediasrc}H\c" to the printer at the start of
the print job, where mediasrc is the code for the tray (tray3=> mediasrc=4 for a
lj5si printer). If you're using PostScript, pre-pend "3 setpapertray" to the
print job instead.

To incorporate this in a printer filter/model script, if the interface/model
in /var/spool/lp is a script, it can be copied & the copy edited to fix the
paper tray options OR pre-pend these Laserjet 'commands' to the print file.
 
The print queue is then created with e.g.
lpadmin -p printername .. -i your_interface_name

If you're not using lp/Solaris/HP-UX we need to know more about what your
setup is...

Hope this helps, Tim
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Sorry for the delay, I ended up being out of the office and away from a PC a few days after I submitted my question.  This looks good, thank you for your help.
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You're welcome - If you need any more, add another comment to this question & I'll dig a bit deeper.

Cheers, Tim
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