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How tro Install a network printer on a RS6000 with AIX 5.2 OS

Posted on 2007-11-20
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I have a network printer (dell) that I want to install a queue for on an AIX 5.2 box.  I know I have to use smit --- devices ---- spooling  ------

But that is where I run into a wall.

Do I need drivers on the server?  Where do i get them?  How do I install them?


I have the specifications from another server with the same printer installed on it but I cannot find screen that look the same?
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by:hdhondt
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Unix, like DOS, does not use drivers. It expects the aplication to know how to drive the printer. Hence all you need to do is create the queue, pointing it to the printer's IP address. If using LPR/LPD you will also need to specify a "remote queue name". For the Dell, use "auto". If AIX supports Appsocket then all you need is the IP address.

Under linux you can install a generic cups "driver". The application the prints to this driver which in turn converts it into printer-specific format. Cups is needed especially for low-end printers that use Windows' GDI format. I don't know if cups is available for AIX.

However, if your printer supports PCL or PostScript, most if not all, applications will be able to drive the printer direct. A networkable Dell will support both languages. If you have a choice, use PCL for simple documents, PostScript for graphics intensive applications.
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smitty queue --> Add a Print Queue --> remote   -->  Standard processing

                                     
* Name of QUEUE to add                               <add queue name here>
* HOSTNAME of remote server                       <add ip adres, or hostname of printserver>
* Name of QUEUE on remote server                 <auto>
  Type of print spooler on remote server              < press F4 and change to BSD>                                     +
  Backend TIME OUT period (minutes)                  <specifiy a timeout or leave blank>                                              
  Send control file first?                            no                                                             +
  To turn on debugging, specify output               []
      file pathname
  DESCRIPTION of printer on remote server            []

Hit 'Enter'.

Exit smitty by hitting F10

Check queue with: lpstat -a<queue_name>
Test with: lp -d<queue_name> /etc/motd
Check queue with: lpstat -a<queue_name>

If it doesn't print, remove and readd queue using smitty. Try 'RAW'  for Name of QUEUE on remote server instead. If you cannot remove the queue because it still contains the print job type:  cancel <queue_name>.
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Thanks dfke, that makes it very clear. I don't have an AIX machine, so I could only give general info.
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by:gheist
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You need to install printers.* from installation CD set.
Then you will have all printer filters and backends on your system and "smitty spooler" options will start to work.
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by:gordonmann
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These are the setting I have for this device on another AIX Machine.  

 Name of queue                                       TEST1500
  ACTIVATE the queue?                                 yes                    +
  Queuing DISCIPLINE                                  first come first serv> +
  ACCOUNTING FILE pathname                           [FALSE]                  /
  HOSTNAME of remote server                          []
  Name of QUEUE on remote server                     []
  Pathname of the SHORT FORM FILTER for queue        []                      +/
   status output
  Pathname of the LONG FORM FILTER for queue         []                      +/
   status output

 Name of queue device                                hp@10
  Queue to which queue device is attached             TEST1500
* BACKEND PROGRAM pathname                           [/usr/lib/lpd/pio/etc/>
  BACKEND OUTPUT FILE pathname                       [/var/spool/lpd/pio/@l>
  ACCESS MODE of backend output file                 [both read and write]   +
  Print HEADER pages?                                 never                  +
  Print TRAILER pages?                                never                  +
  ALIGN page if printer has been idle?                no                     +
  Number of FORM FEEDS when printer goes idle        [never]                  #


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Can you post the segment about the queue from the file /etc/qconfig file?
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TEST1500:
        device = hp@10
hp@10:
        file = /var/spool/lpd/pio/@local/dev/hp@10.15.49.247#hpJetDirect#9100
        header = never
        trailer = never
        access = both
        backend = /usr/lib/lpd/pio/etc/piojetd 10.15.49.247 9100
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