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http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/printing.html I just went trough this and the words that came to my mind when i finaly reach the end was "O MY GOD" Its a very nice manual but it gives you this "Do i really need a printer ?" feeling. This part i liked alot about the usb :) http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/printing-intro-setup.html#PRINTING-HARDWARE "USB interfaces, named for the Universal Serial Bus, can run at even faster speeds than parallel or RS232 serial interfaces. Cables are simple and cheap. USB is superior to RS232 Serial and to Parallel for printing, but it is not as well supported under UNIX(r) systems. A way ...

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    http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/printing.html

    I just went trough this and the words that came to my mind when i
    finaly reach the end was "O MY GOD"

    Its a very nice manual but it gives you this "Do i really need a
    printer ?" feeling.

    This part i liked alot about the usb :)

    http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/printing-intro-setup.html#PRINTING-HARDWARE

    "USB interfaces, named for the Universal Serial Bus, can run at even
    faster speeds than parallel or RS232 serial interfaces. Cables are
    simple and cheap. USB is superior to RS232 Serial and to Parallel for
    printing, but it is not as well supported under UNIX(r) systems. A way
    to avoid this problem is to purchase a printer that has both a USB
    interface and a Parallel interface, as many printers do."

    lol, a very nice translation that says usb = no printing :)

    So my question is, for printing sake let there be a other way.
    What do you use to print stuff, for example on a shared windows printer :)

    I guess there are only 3 choses LPD LPRng CUPS ?
    Gert Guest

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    On 2005-04-05 09:53, Gert Cuykens <com> wrote: 

    The print/apsfilter is my favorite. I use it at work, to print to the
    SMB-shared printers of our local Windows domain.

    I like it because it constantly reminds me of why I like using
    UNIX-based tools. You set them up and configure them once, and then
    literally forget all about them; they go on working unattended for as
    long as you feel like using them :-)

    Giorgos Guest

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    On Tue, Apr 05, 2005 at 09:53:36AM +0200, Gert Cuykens wrote: 

    USB printing works, AFAICT. My Epson Stylus Photo 870 worked fine with USB.
     

    Not quite. The venerable lpr and LPRng are just printer
    spoolers. I.e. software to feed subsequent new print jobs to the right
    printer after the previous one has finished.

    On the other hand, apsfilter can convert many different file formats to
    something your printer can understand.

    Cups is like a combination of apsfilter and lpr, with an additional web
    interface.

    I've used apsfilter in the past, but now I prefer CUPS.

    Roland
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    Roland Guest

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    Does anybody know if i need to install a extra cups pkg and what the
    uri is for a windows shared printer ?

    smb://workgroup/server/sharename ?
    Gert Guest

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    Gert Cuykens wrote:
     
    Instead of asking every question here, use resorces like:

    The handbook,
    Google
    man pages
    cd /usr/ports && make search key=cups | more
    man cupsd
    /usr/local/etc/rc.conf cups.sample
    and finally - SEARCH the questions list on the FBSD site.

    So far, 8 out of 10 of your questions can be answered on the above.
    Mostly the FBSD site.
    You really need to start doing this on your own.

    Best regards,
    Chris

    P.S. Nobody like to spoon feed users when there is info that is easily
    accessed.
    Chris Guest

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