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Share OS 9 USB Printer with OS X (not through Classic)

Posted on 2004-04-03
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To share a USB printer between a Mac running OS 9 and another running OS X, I've found that there are 5 scenerios.  The first three - OS X to OS X, OS 9 to OS 9, OS 9 to OS X (Classic Mode) are not a problem.  The 4th, a USB printer connected to an OS X machine and sharing with a Mac OS 9 computer, will work with ink jet printers (sort of) through Desktop Printer Utility-LPR (works best with PS printers).

The question is this:  Is there a way to print to a USB shared printer (connected to an OS 9 machine), on an OS X machine?  
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No, actually, not in any practical sense. The USB printer sharing routines for OS 9 are quite different than those for OS X. OS 9 wasn't designed to share to anything other than OS 9, where OS X was designed to share to just about anything.
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Usually when one gives a C grade, its good form to provide a reason.
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I apologize for the “C”.  It wasn’t my intent to give a bad grade.  I’m new to your forums and wasn’t quite sure how the grading went.  I guess I was hoping for a more detailed explanation.  I like to know the whys and wherefores.  Thanks for your help.  If there is a way to change the grade I would be happy to do so.

P.S.  It does seem strange that the printer can be shared through Classic, and that OS X should understand all of OS 9,  but Apple didn't bother writing the code to make it happen.
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It's just a matter of OS X not using "USB Printer Sharing" which is what OS 9 used. There are better methods in OS X and Apple is encouraging people to upgrade. Would be kinda strange to have an OS 9 server on a network of OS X machines. The server would be far less robust than the workstations.
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