Configuring a Toshiba-p351 printer under ISC-386/ix?
Marcus O. Ertle
mre at boulder.colorado.edu
Tue Nov 28 05:10:40 AEST 1989
In article <105 at gizzmo.UUCP> mark at gizzmo.UUCP (mark hilliard) writes:
>In article <[430.1]comp.unix.i386;1 at point.UUCP> wek at point.UUCP (Bill Kuykendall) writes:
>>>The Toshiba then printed 132-columns of "X"'s and multiple page-ejects.
>>That one got me, too. Your printer is set up to expect a CRLF combination
>> cat "$file" 2>&1
>ok there is a better way, just change the cat to lef so:
>> lef "$file" 2>&1
I'm not sure how Bill Kuykendall got ownership of this problem - hope
you didn't get deluged with mail Bill - I had posted the original query.
To recap, my Toshiba p351 printer, connected as /dev/lp1, was not
printing ascii output correctly. It did not handle CRLF the way it
should. It generated line-feeds but no carriage returns.
Many thanks to all who have given advise on this. I have tried nearly
all suggestions. All I could understand anyway - how does:
stty opost onlcr 0<&1
work? I have also tried every combination of dip-switches on the
Toshiba - without success.
As many pointed out, the Toshiba was expecting DOS (CRLF) output, and
getting UNIX (LF). I tried using utod :
cat "$file" |utod 2>&1
lef "$file" 2>&1
which got me a little closer to good output - CRLF handled correctly -
but a previously undetected problem cropped up. The Toshiba did not
handle tab-characters correctly - a tab caused the print-head to go to
the right margin.
In desperation, I wrote my own version of a UNIX-to-DOS filter which
handled NL correctly (\r\n) and replaced tab (\t) with column-number
modulo 8. I know this is arbitrary, but it works for UNIX, ascii files.
For VP/ix - will probably need to pass file unchanged.
In any case, thanks for all the help netland - I've probably taken up
enough time on this subject. Through your suggestions, I have learned
a little bit about how printing works under SysV.
For what its worth - my opinion only: Despite some small problems, I
have found ISC relatively friendly and easy to use. I think when/if
man pages come out, that will help us novice/new-to-SysV users. I
really like the install and sysadm menus - my other car is a VAX-with
ULTRIX - which means wading through a lot to learn system
- Marc Ertle
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