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PostPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2004 8:57 pm    Post subject: Trying to share CUPS printer with an OS9 Mac... Reply with quote

Hey, dudes!

I don't use Linux on PPC, but maybe that you Macusers know more than the others ;o) :

My HP Deskjet 895cxi is attached to a Netgear hardware Printserver. CUPS is properly configured. Using the CUPS web interface I printed out a test page and quality and speed were very satisfying.

CUPS itself runs on a x86 (my dedicated server in the basement).
The OS9.2 client is an iMac G3 at 350Mhz.
NetATalk has been installed on the x86 and Filesharing over AppleTalk runs perfectly at phantasmagoric rates of 8 to 9 Megs per sec.

According to the papd.conf manpage it's best to insert a single line:

After following this instruction I restarted /etc/init.d/atalkd and the output of papd was just:
 Bad termcap entry
Bad papcap entry

Since i'd never set up an AppleTalk network before I lack the experience of how network printers are shown in OS9 but I guess the Network Browser should show also printers besides the fileshares. But, as mentioned above, i don't know. At least the Deskjet utility doesn't find any AppleTalk printers, so I guess, the pap configuration is not valid.

For my taste this is more than odd, it's just one simple line inside papd.conf and CUPS works like a charme.

Propably it would be best just to buy a new hardware printserver that is able to do AppleTalk as the current one is not.
Anyway I'd prefer not to waste anymore money.

So, anybody out there with some papd.conf/CUPS expierience?
HP Compaq NC4200. Centrino Alvisio 1.73GHz, 512MB DDR-II RAM, Intel 915 PCIe Chipset.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 29, 2004 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have very little personal experience with the Appletalk protocol, but the good people at have lots of experience with strange printing scenarios.

Printing from Mac OS 9 to a Mac OS X cups printer:

I don't know if you've seen the Appletalk section of the Networking HOWTO, but it provides a small amount of information on the subject:

Hope this helps!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2004 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

a new printserver won't fix the problem, because these is another part of the printing.
a printserver, which can't translate postscript to the command-sequences of your hp, doesn't fix it.
I guess your deskjet is not able to handle postscript. so a translater/renderer has to translate postscript to the printer specific commands.
You can do that with gs (ghostscript) invoked by cups.
the next point is to transfer it to a device. hpijs would be a proper thing to do it, and now the "trick" :
use foomatic to find a proper driver and config for cups, set it up and change cups to use socket-communication to your printserver. most printserver do that (for example, the d-link devices).
It should run. But, reading it again, you got it already printing.
netatalk : as cups is a little bit new, try the old way around. their is a good example in the configs how to make it. its like :
pipe to a lpr with a printing device, which for example is your cups - handeled hp.
don't spend your money for anonther printserver, take it and buy a postscript printer. or, just spend the money by buying flowers or something else for your girl friend.
always look at yellow site of Linux on the PPC.
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