How to avoid blank paper

Posted on 2003-03-03
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Last Modified: 2013-12-16
I have an HP1055cm plus plotter, printing from Win2k is OK, but when I send from a Unix WS, the plot keeps coming out with a long run of blank paper followed by the plot. Any thoughts/suggestions on how to get the plotter to only use the paper needed?

Question by:mcarril1
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The Unix workstation may be sending a banner page that the plotter doesn't recognise (so it doesn't print), but it still does a form-feed at the end of the banner page.

How do you have the network set up? Printing direct to the plotter from each workstation or using one system as a print queue server? Depending on which setup you use, you would use either Jetadmin or lpadmin to disable banners.


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I am using an HP-UX 11.00 server as a  print server. I setup the plotter in the server, printing directly to the IP address, and the WS points to the server
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tfewster earned 200 total points
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You'll need to run `jetadmin` to check the configuration of the plotter from the server. Select "Configuration", then "Modify existing spooler queues", select the printer and ensure banner page is set OFF.

If you can sent a plot directly from the server, you can prove this is OK.

If you're still getting the blank "page": On the workstations, /etc/lp/interface/model.orig/printername will probably be a copy of /var/spool/lp/model/rmodel. You can hack this to disable banner pages, e.g. by replacing "$BSDh" with "-h" on the line where rlp is called. Once again, if you can test this by sending a plot file from the command line you can pin the problem down better.


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