Linux Step By Steps

Network printing from eW3.1(client) to eD2.4(server)

By: Jim Conner

Anywhere in this SxS I refer to 'client', it's referring to eW3.1(Sybil). Anywhere I refer to 'server', I'm referring to eD2.4.

You will need to make sure that the following do work:
  1. The printer prints from the 'server' box.
  2. The 'client' and 'server' are correctly networked together.
  3. Have KDE 2.1.x running on 'client'. These SxS are for a gui configure.

Configuring 'client' to print to 'server'.

  1. Client: K-System-Cups administration tool
  2. Client: Click on Printer-Add printer/class
  3. Client: Choose LPD(Line Printer Daemon)
  4. Client: Click Next
  5. Client: Host: (dns name or ip of 'server')
  6. Client: Queue: (name of printer from 'server')
  7. Note: This info can be found on the 'server' at one of two places. Either in K-Utilities-Print Job Administration and listed as 'Printer Name: (pulldown)' or in /etc/printcap on the first line(e.g. ps1). If you have more than one printer attached/setup on the 'server' you will need to repeat this SxS for each using a different Queue.
  8. Client: Click Next
  9. Client: Choose Raw Printer (no drivers needed)
  10. Client: Click Next
  11. Client: Printer Name: (Choose a name for the printer(e.g. HP832C))
  12. Client: Physical Location: (optional)
  13. Client: Printer Description: (optional)
  14. Client: Click Next
  15. Client: Check Information given to make sure that all was entered properly.
  16. Client: Click Back to change, else Click OK
  17. Note: This should add your printer as 'Default' if this is the first one listed. If you have multiple printers listed, you can right-click on the printer name and choose 'Set as local/personal default'.
  18. Client: Right-Click on printer and choose Test Printer. This should print a legible text/graphic page on the printer.
  19. Client: While you are in KUPS, you might want to explore what can be done. It's a really nice admin tool.

Note: If anyone is interested CUPS puts the config files in /etc/cups/. Usually /etc/printcap is just one or two lines. If someone wants to interpret these files to a non-gui SxS, please feel welcome.