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printer setup on Solaris 8


I'm currently working on a disaster recovery trial, part of which involves setting up a printer on Solaris 8.

I can look at the current live setup and try to mimic it but I'm not to sure exactly how to go about doing it.

The main problem is a file in /dev. Below is a snapshot of the file as it exists on the live server, but I'm not sure how to replicate it on the DR box.

crw-rw-rw-   1 root     other     13,  2 Jan 23  2006 databa01

I know this file is part of the printer setup but I don't know how to create "character special" files. Could you guys explain the significance of this file, what it does and how I create it?

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you can use "mknod" to create sepecial devices file

mknod /dev/databa01 c 13 2

where: c - character
           13 -major
           2 ninor
since the character device with major number=13, minor=2, is /dev/null (standard
device), you don't need to create /dev/databa01, you can use /dev/null instaed, unless
your application hard code to you that device name.

man mknod
to learn more details
To add a printer, in Solaris, you can login as root and run "admintool" (GUI) to install
local or access to network printer.

use "admintool" (GUI) to do the job.

for local printer, add -> local printer.
remote printer

add -> access to remote printer.
just make sure that you add your windows server infor to /etc/hosts

For more help, click on help in the admintool menu bar.

To start the program, type in:
admintool &

You can also use commandline "lpadmin" to add/modify printer
man lpadmin
to learn more details.
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