[rescue] RE: OT: LPR & 9100

William Enestvedt William.Enestvedt at jwu.edu
Tue Sep 14 09:07:13 CDT 2004

Patrick wrote:
> You shouldn't even NEED the Win2k3 boxen.  Every Jetdirect I am
> familiar with can accept LPR jobs straight over the TCP/IP network.
> Why not just take a Linux box and setup Samba (if needed for some
> reason to have Windows style printers) then run it through magicfilter
> or aps-filter (if needed to get PCL output) - should be a LOT more
> efficient.
> I have found sticking Windows XP/2K in the middle to handle print
> requests results in major suckage.
    I have an Oracle database that generates print jobs, which I send
out over port 9100 or LPR (depending on the device). I use software
called Xi-Text to create and manage the queues for me, and I love it.
(Some day, I'll even use some of its ability to have multiple
configurations per printer based on the print queue called. Some day...)

   Corresponding with the Xi-Text programmer, I have heard terrible,
personal slurs against JetDirect printing. :7) However, it's still
better than another Oracle setup I have which just punts its jobs into
the local Windows print servers. Sometime the servers die, or the lpr
service silently fails. Even better, Windows 2003 Server has introduced
a bug into their LPD code.
   Did you get that? They introduced a bug into what should be stable
code written against a standard older then me. Stupid Windows...
Will Enestvedt
UNIX System Administrator
Johnson & Wales University -- Providence, RI

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