Gary Kline wrote:
IPP is internet printing protocol spoken by CUPS spooling system. Your
printer speaks both IPP and LPR native
printing protocol spoken by LPD. I honestly would not bother much with
all that nonsense from Brother web-site.
Not to bore anyone, but my finding may be of interest.
Predrag pointed me at a Brother lpr/printcap setup for Linux--
will wonders never cease?, :-). The URL is
and had configurations (binaries, not plaintext) for Redhat
andDebian. I managed to install, and thus unpack, the *deb
(is that cpio?) on my Ubuntu desktop.
Very late last night it occurred to me that the reason no
/dev/lpt0 was that my parallel cable isn't plugged into my new
printer. The test pages work via the cat5 <-> switch; this
HTML helped me configure the 5250. When I another geek over
here to plug things together, I'll be able to test the
/etc/printcap. Here it is, as auto-installed by dpkg -i::
Most of this will port to FreeBSD easily. The Brother directory
is full of two subdirs each with a number of files. The input
filter, "filterHL5250DN" and other /bin/sh scripts in lpd/
will take some porting. Soooooooo: is printcap the best way to
go? What about IPP?
Since you have Ubuntu and FreeBSD machine to make things as simple as
possible attach printer directly to the network (that is why you have DN
extension in the name of your printer) and make it printer server.
Ubuntu comes with CUPS which speaks IPP and adding printing should be
matter of selecting it in the Gnome printer
You could edit printcap file for remote printer on your FreeBSD box.
Look the FreeBSD Handbook
If you want to have identical set up on FreeBSD machine as on the Ubuntu
machine add the CUPS.
Do not forget to hide native LPD commands (example mv /usr/bin/lp
You need to edit file /usr/local/etc/cups/client.conf on FreeBSD to
enable client printing.
Start CUPS daemon and
then go to http://localhost:631 and add the printer. You can find PPD
file for the printer on
Just follow the documentation for CUPS client setup
The nutshell is that I'd like to use the
printer in the way that takes the least messing-with. I have
two "desktop", BSD and Ubuntu. I would like to make the FreeBSD
computer my printserver ... if I can't use the 5250 as a
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