[oclug] [OT] ease of use
Michael P. Soulier
msoulier at storm.ca
Wed Nov 27 08:36:41 EST 2002
On 27/11/02 Brad Barnett did speaketh:
> 1) go to linuxprinting.org, and make sure the printer is compatable
> 2) buy the printer, come home, plug the printer in
> 3) run "printtool", select the printer driver
> 4) do a test print if I want
> What's the problem? Is it really such a big deal, because the dialog pops
There are still many things missing from the printing world for Linux.
1. I'd like to change the paper size quickly without hacking a text file as
2. I'd like to switch easily between vduplex, hduplex and simplex.
3. I want my application to know what mode the user wants and print in that
4. I want my application to know a lot more than what's in the printcap file,
and take over the printer for a complex operation.
Linux printing has a way to go.
As far as I know, you can do #1 and #2 by setting up multiple printers in
the printcap file for different sizes and modes, and print to the appropriate
printer (even though they're all the same physical printer). I haven't seen an
application set this up for you though. On the subject of arcane, check
/etc/printcap some time. ;-)
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