BSD Today: Using NetBSD (part 3): Setting up printing
Aug 13, 2000, 01:11 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Printing under NetBSD is a rather complicated affair involving
numerous files and programs. Printing is controlled by the line
printer spooler daemon (lpd) which is usually started at boot time.
(In my first article, I mentioned modifying the /etc/rc.conf file
to make this happen.)"
"The lpd program knows what printers are available by reading
the /etc/printcap file. The printcap file contains an entry for
each printer connected to your system or available on the network.
In its most basic form, a printcap entry tells how the printer is
accessed, where its jobs are spooled, and which filter to use."
"A filter is a program that modifies data before it gets to
the printer. ... If all you print is plain text, you can get by
with a basic filter but if you print PostScript, DVI, or other
special files, you will need additional filters. To meet this need
there are 'magic filters' available that understand many types of
files and automatically convert them to a form that can be