Matthew Seaman wrote: > Woah! Reinstalling the whole OS to fix a printer problem is way overkill. > > The /dev/null entry in /etc/printcap is just a place-holder. Normally > that entry would contain the device used to communicate to a locally > attached printer. However, because you're using samba, you've faked the > system into thinking you've got a local printer, while using a print > filter to divert the data via samba into the remote Windows printer. > It's a bit of a hack really. > > However what it does mean is that no data should actually end up being > passed to /dev/null. As the print system is complaining about not being > able to get an exclusive lock on that file, perhaps it would be worth > trying substituting some regular file that it could get a lock on. Try > this. > > # touch /var/log/lpd.out > # chmod 644 /var/log/lpd.out > # chown root:daemon /var/log/lpd.out > > Then edit /etc/printcap and substitute /var/log/lpd.out for /dev/null > and restart lpd. lpd.out should just stay an empty file, but it might > end up with a copy of anything you send to the printer in it, in which > case siccing newsyslog(1) onto the file to keep it a manageable size > would be a good idea. > > If this works, then reporting what happened to the port maintainer and > author of apsfilter would be indicated -- seems the behaviour of > /dev/null has changed in recent releases sufficient to put a spanner in > apsfilter's works. > > Cheers, > > Matthew
I tried your suggestion but to no avail. While it did alleviate the one error message, the overall problem still exists. The following are the output from several attempts to print a simple document as well as some other probably useless info. ~/tmp # lp /etc/printcap lp: Error - scheduler not responding! ~/tmp # lp -d lp /etc/printcap lp: Connection refused ~/tmp # lpr /etc/printcap lpr: Error - scheduler not responding! ~/tmp # lpr -Plp /etc/printcap lpr: Connection refused It appears that lpd is running: root 516 0.0 0.3 1512 1060 ?? Is 8:20AM 0:00.04 /usr/sbin/lpd Checking on the lp status: ~/tmp # lpc status all lp: queuing is enabled printing is enabled no entries in spool area printer idle Finally, I gleamed these from sockstat: root lpd 516 3 dgram -> /var/run/logpriv root lpd 516 5 stream /var/run/printer root lpd 516 6 tcp6 *:515 *:* root lpd 516 7 tcp4 *:515 *:* This is becoming more than a slight annoyance. -- Gerard Seibert [EMAIL PROTECTED] _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"