On Mon, 22 Dec 2003 17:12, Luke Kearney wrote:
> Hello,
> I am having a troublesome time with CUPS and printing to an Epson
> PM-740DU inkjet printer. I have set up cups and it works to a degree. I
> can print test pages like there is no tomorrow but I cannot print from
> desktop applications let alone from any of the networked machines via
> samba. The client machines can browse and add the printer but they
> cannot print to it. I am using a fairly generic PPD for the printer as I
> could not find one for BSD in the ports and  linuxprinting.org didn't
> offer much joy. I understand that the printer is roughly equivalent to
> the Stylus Photo 780 ( max dpi 2880x720 , 6 colours ).
> When trying to print a txt file from the cmd line I get
> lpr: lp: unknown printer

lpr is looking for the default printer named 'lp'. It seems you don't have one ;)

> /etc/printcap shows
> tamachi: $ cat /etc/printcap
> # This file was automatically generated by cupsd(8) from the
> # /usr/local/etc/cups/printers.conf file.  All changes to this file
> # will be lost.
> # written for pips780
> pm780c|EPSON PM780C:\

As it stands you will need to nominate the specific printer each time it's used.
# lpr -P pm780c 
# lp -d pm780c

To make it use this printer by default you must give it 'lp' as one of its names as in:
    lp|pm780c|EPSON PM780C:\
>         :sd=/var/spool/lpd/pm780c:\
>         :mx#0:\
>         :sh:\
>         :lp=/dev/ulpt0:\
>         :if=/usr/local/libexec/pips780/filter780.rev:\
>         :lf=/var/log/lpd-errs:
> # pips780  end
> actually having installed the pips780 file from ports I ran the setup
> script to get this into printcap. If I modify the printer via the CUPS
> interface it scraps all of the above and replaces it with one line which
> is the name I gave the printer in the setup.

Malcolm Kay
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