Print que setup on DG/UX R4.20

Posted on 2004-04-23
Last Modified: 2013-12-16
I am new to Unix.
Would need to setup or modify print que to point to a new Windows 2000 machine on the network.
I am replacing an old machine with new one and just need to instruct Unix how to find it and pass it a print job.
Could anyone help me with steps or doc for this?

This is DG/UX R4.20 box (Data General)

Thank you
Question by:howei
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Add the W2K "print server" to /etc/hosts.
Use `sysadm` - and follow the menus to add a remote printer; You'll need to supply the print server name and the name of the print queue.

You need LPD printer services running on the W2K system;  Search for "unix printer" for the details on doing that.

I'll have a dig around for some documentation, but it should be pretty straightforward.

Author Comment

ID: 10907318
They put me in front of this box for the very first time so I am trying to find my way around.

When you say "sysadm" do you mean to log in with admin credentials to the Unix box or something else?

I instaled TCP/IP print service for Unix on the new Win2K Server. Is that the same as LPD printer service?

Thank a lot for your help to get me going.

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I was also looking for doc or manual on the Internet, but couldn't find much on Data General support.
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Log in as root, and run `sysadm`;  It's a text menu system that allows you do most of the configuration on a DG-UX box. It's a while since I touched DG-UX and there's very little documentation outside the EMC/DG website, but shows the steps.

Yes, TCP/IP print services is LPD.

If you have a support contract, it's worth signing up on the DG website;If not, try subscribing to the Data General mailing list:, body "subscribe dg-users"


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Ok. Great info!
There is one more detail cousing confusion. "Print que"
What is meant by "print que" in the Unix world? Someone said that I will have to set up a print que for this to work?
Any idea why and what is it's funkcionality?

Thanks again.
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tfewster earned 50 total points
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"Print queue"  - It's the same principle as in Windows, print jobs get queued up until the printer can handle them.  And as with Windows, when you add a printer, you select a device driver (for the printer model and connectivity) plus a queue.   sysadm will do it all for you ;-)

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Heavens sent you.
Great help. Thanks so much.

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