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The following is a guide to using LPRng and Sun Microsystems Newsprint by Christopher Hylands, Ptolemy Project Manager of the University of California.
The Sun Newsprint printer is actually an OEM version of the Tektronix PhaserII; Sun Microsystems appears to have dropped support for Newsprint, and the recommended migration path is to buy a PostScript printer. If you want more information on using the Newsprint system, notes are available via http://ptolemy.eecs.berkeley.edu/~cxh/lprng.html.
Looking through the mailing list logs, it looks like everyone was having a hard time getting lprng to work with Sun's brain-dead newsprinters. I tried using GhostScript, but the fonts were, IMHO, ugly, so I spent a little time getting the newsprint fonts to work.
The key thing was to grab the file /usr/newsprint/lpd/if from a SunOS4.1.3 newsprint installation. If you cannot get this code, then the installation will be extremely difficult.
To install lprng on a Solaris2.x machine, you need to first stop the existing print services and install the startup scripts for LPRng. Note that if there is a local printer, you may have to also fix the permissions of the device. Typical commands are:
We use the following simple :if script.
The Sparcprinters use licensed fonts from NeWSprint. To use the licensed fonts, you must have the lprng spool directory for the sparcprinter in the same location as spool directory of the brain dead Solaris lp system. If your printer is named xsp524, then this directory would be /etc/lp/printers/xsp524.
The printcap entry looks like:
sp524|524: :mx=0 :lp=:rm=doppler:rp=xsp524: :sd=/var/spool/lpd/sp524d: :lf=/var/spool/lpd/sp524d/log: xsp524|Sun SPARCprinter NeWSprint printer: :mx=0:rs: :lp=/dev/lpvi0: :sd=/etc/lp/printers/xsp524: :lf=/etc/lp/printers/xsp524/log: :af=/var/spool/lpd/xsp524/acct: :filter=/usr/local/libexec/newsprint/if:
The /usr/local/libexec/newsprint/if was copied from /usr/newsprint/lpd/if in a SunOS4.x installation of the newsprint software. Unfortunately, the newsprint engine is so brain dead that it needs many environment variables set, so it is fairly difficult to come up with a clean script to start the engine. I made the following changes to the file.
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