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  • Page 1 Printer Drivers for UNIX & Linux Systems 2008 www.lexmark.com...
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents Learning about the printer drivers..........7 Using the printer drivers with UNIX and Linux......................7 Installing the printer drivers............8 Before installing the printer drivers..........................8 Supported operating systems............................8 System requirements................................9 Installing on HP-UX................................9 Installing on IBM AIX................................10 Installing on Red Hat, Red Flag, Linpus, or SUSE Linux..................11 Installing on Linspire, Debian, or Ubuntu Linux.......................11 Installing on Sun Solaris SPARC............................11 Installing on Sun Solaris x86............................12...
  • Page 4 Changing the print queue properties..........................21 Working with printer aliases............................22 Introduction to printer aliases..............................22 Creating a print queue with an alias............................22 Displaying the alias of a print queue ............................22 Working with printer classes............................22 Introduction to printer classes..............................22 Creating a class ....................................
  • Page 5 Normal user or administrator............................34 Default settings for the program or queue........................34 Related topics..................................35 Troubleshooting................36 The print queue is empty but my document did not print..................36 Jobs appear in the print queue for an extended time...................36 The print queue does not receive print jobs......................37 The print queue is disabled or down..........................37 The file I sent to the print queue came out as garbage..................38 The hostname does not resolve.............................38...
  • Page 7: Learning About The Printer Drivers

    Learning about the printer drivers Using the printer drivers with UNIX and Linux The printer drivers for UNIX and Linux systems provide many features that help ease the task of the system administrator and that help users be more productive. •...
  • Page 8: Installing The Printer Drivers

    Installing the printer drivers Before installing the printer drivers Make sure you are logged on with root user authority. Make sure you have enough disk space available for a complete installation. For more information, see “System requirements” on page 9 and “Finding space to install the printer drivers package”...
  • Page 9: System Requirements

    During installation, select Logfile to view the installation log. Make sure there are no errors or warnings during installation. Note: If there is not enough disk space in /opt/lexmark to install, see “Finding space to install the printer drivers package” on page 13.
  • Page 10: Installing On Ibm Aix

    Note: Your specific printer driver may not be included in the standard package. Check the Software and Documentation CD or the Lexmark Web site to determine if there are any software plug-ins available. For more information, see “Plugin Manager utility (software updates)” on page 31.
  • Page 11: Installing On Red Hat, Red Flag, Linpus, Or Suse Linux

    Note: Your specific printer driver may not be included in the standard package. Check the Software and Documentation CD or the Lexmark Web site to determine if there are any software plug-ins available. For more information, see “Plugin Manager utility (software updates)” on page 31.
  • Page 12: Installing On Sun Solaris X86

    Note: Your specific printer driver may not be included in the standard package. Check your Software and Documentation CD or the Lexmark Web site to determine if there are any software plugins available. For more information, see “Plugin Manager utility (software updates)” on page 31.
  • Page 13: Finding Space To Install The Printer Drivers Package

    Note: Your specific printer driver may not be included in the standard package. Check your Software and Documentation CD or the Lexmark Web site to determine if there are any software plugins available. For more information, see “Plugin Manager utility (software updates)” on page 31.
  • Page 14: Removing Remaining Directories

    /var/spool/lexmark/unix_prt_drivers • HP-UX /opt/lexmark/unix_prt_drivers /usr/spool/lp/lexmark/unix_prt_drivers • Linux /usr/local/lexmark/unix_prt_drivers /var/spool/lexmark/unix_prt_drivers • /usr/lpp/lexprint /var/spool/lexmark/unix_prt_drivers Note: Other software may be located in the /opt/lexmark, /usr/local/lexmark, /usr/spool/lp/lexmark, or /var/spool/lexmark directories. If there is additional software residing in these locations, do not delete the directory.
  • Page 15: Performing Tasks

    There are six basic options you can set from the Print Drivers Setup dialog. Note: The Print Drivers Setup is only available to the root user. If you do not have the interface available, you can set many of these options by using the command line. • /usr/local/lexmark/setup.lexprint • /opt/lexmark/setup.lexprint •...
  • Page 16: Desktop Integration

    Select the default paper size. Note: The only options available are A4 and Letter. If you do not make a selection, Letter is used as the default. Click Next. Desktop Integration The Desktop Integration option allows you to add Print Drivers to, or remove them from, the menu bar. Click File Setup.
  • Page 17: Adding Or Removing A User From The Administrative Group

    To change the administrative group name, run one of the following scripts: Linux # /usr/local/lexmark/setup.lexprint Solaris and HP-UX # /opt/lexmark/setup.lexprint IBM AIX # /usr/lpp/lexprint/setup.lexprint Adding or removing a user from the administrative group Users who are part of the administrative group can open the printer driver with permissions and perform administrative tasks.
  • Page 18: Creating Virtual Devices From The Command Line

    If the printer is attached locally: Select Parallel, Serial, or USB. If you are using a parallel connection, specify if the virtual device is a BPP Device. If you are using a serial connection, specify the exact Serial Port Options. Note: Not all options may be available for your system.
  • Page 19: Creating A Print Queue

    Locate the line listed from the supported_printers command that contains the model number of your printer. Example: You want to create a queue for a Lexmark T632. You locate the line matching this printer from supported_printers and it looks like this: Lexmark T632 10LT63x automatic...
  • Page 20: Changing The Print Queue Status

    Supported language notes • All printer types support “raw” as the language type. This makes the print queue a pass-through queue. This means the print job is sent to the printer without any queue modification. • The Automatic language type lets you set the language type to be automatic, pcl, or ps. If you select automatic, you can send both PCL emulation/ASCII and PostScript emulation print jobs to the print queue.
  • Page 21: Changing The Print Queue Properties

    The printer driver shows these states by placing an icon on the print queue within the Icon View, and by changing the color of the text in Detail View. • If you see a red “X” on a print queue, the print queue is rejecting jobs. •...
  • Page 22: Working With Printer Aliases

    Working with printer aliases Introduction to printer aliases Use Printer Aliases when you are creating a queue in Linux to provide alternative names for a print queue. For example, the real name of a print queue could be “Bldg_4_Room1,” but the alias describes it as “duplex." Users can then use “Bldg_4_Room1”...
  • Page 23: Creating A Class

    # /usr/lexprint/bin/chqueue -q myqueue -c -r class1 Note: After the last queue has been removed from a class, the class is removed automatically. Creating a class Access Printer Classes. Select Create a New Class. Enter the name of the new class. Adding to a class Access Printer Classes.
  • Page 24: Removing A Printer Group

    Click to add the print queues to the group. Note: To remove a print queue from the Selected Print Queue column, select the print queues to be removed, and then click Removing a printer group To delete a specific group: Right-click the group name.
  • Page 25: Printing A File

    Type the command to change the properties. If you are printing from Sun Solaris, HP-UX, IBM AIX, or Linux with CUPS, use the following command to change properties: # lp -d queue_name -o property_name=property_value file_name If you are printing from Linux with the LPRng print subsystem, use the following command to change properties: # lpr -P queue_name -C "lexopts:property_name=property_value"...
  • Page 26: Printing A Duplex Job

    Printing a duplex job Duplex printing is printing on both sides of the paper. The printer must have an optional duplex unit installed in order to print on both sides of the paper. Check the documentation that came with the printer to determine if this option is supported.
  • Page 27: Changing The Orientation Of A Print Job

    Changing the orientation of a print job You can specify the orientation you want to use for printing documents in the Print Queue Properties dialog boxes. • Select Portrait if you want the document taller than it is wide. • Select Landscape if you want the document wider than it is tall.
  • Page 28: Using The Print And Hold Setting

    Using the Print and Hold setting When sending a job to the printer, you can hold a job in the printer memory using the printer driver. When you are ready to print the job, access the printer control panel menus to select the held job you want to print. Open the print queue properties.
  • Page 29: Creating Custom Banner Pages

    Creating custom banner pages You can write a program that generates customized banner pages from your print queues. Creating customer banner pages does not automate any printer administration, but it can make it easier to find your print jobs at the printer. Writing a banner program You can create custom banner pages for your queues by writing a program that takes seven positional arguments and prints the banner page on the standard out (stdout).
  • Page 30: Removing A Virtual Device

    Notes: • You cannot modify a virtual device from the command line. • You cannot change a virtual device type after creation. If you need to do this, delete the existing device and then re-create it. Removing a virtual device Click Device Manager.
  • Page 31: Plugin Manager Utility (Software Updates)

    Note: Your specific printer driver may not be included in the standard package. Check the Software and Documentation CD or the Lexmark Web site to determine if there are any plug-ins available for your printer. •...
  • Page 32 Installing plug-ins # /usr/lexprint/bin/plugin_manager -i plugin_file Listing installed plug-ins # /usr/lexprint/bin/plugin_manager -l Removing plug-ins # /usr/lexprint/bin/plugin_manager -r plugin_name...
  • Page 33: Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently asked questions Command line How can I find the command line options for a print queue? The command line program lsqueue_opts provides a list of options available for this queue. For more information, see “Printing from the command line” on page 24. Can I create a print queue from the command line? You can create and remove both virtual devices and print queues from the command line.
  • Page 34: Normal User Or Administrator

    How can I enable or disable a print queue? To enable a print queue: Open the printer driver as an administrator. From the main window, right-click the print queue icon. Select the Enabled check box. To disable a print queue: Open the printer driver as an administrator.
  • Page 35: Related Topics

    Related topics What are the network options in the virtual device, and how do they work? When you add a network device, you can set options such as Administrator User ID, Logfile Name, Printer Intervention Information for User, and Printer Intervention Information for Administrator. •...
  • Page 36: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting The print queue is empty but my document did not print Make sure you are sending the proper data to the printer. If you send PCL emulation or text data to a queue that accepts only PostScript data, the job leaves the queue but does not print. Try printing to another queue, or see an administrator for other printing options.
  • Page 37: The Print Queue Does Not Receive Print Jobs

    If you are using a Sun Solaris – Check to see if the parallel device is a bpp type. If it is, make sure bpp device is SPARC system selected. If it is not, make sure bpp device is not selected. –...
  • Page 38: The File I Sent To The Print Queue Came Out As Garbage

    – If TCP/IP is enabled, check the IP address, netmask, and gateway to make sure they are correct – Make sure bridges and routers are functioning properly. – Make sure all the physical connections between the print server, the printer, and the network are working. •...
  • Page 39: The Printer Driver Is Unable To Find The Network Printer

    • Make sure you have the latest version of the application. • If you have the latest version, check the Software and Documentation CD or the Lexmark Web site to determine if there are any software plug-ins available. • Make sure any plug-ins are installed.
  • Page 40: Additional Problems

    Additional problems • Before you call Customer Support, make sure you read through the symptoms covered in this troubleshooting section to help you diagnose the problem. • Before calling Customer Support, gather the following information: – What version of the printer driver is being used –...
  • Page 41: Editions And Trademarks

    This software and any accompanying documentation provided under this agreement are commercial computer software and documentation developed exclusively at private expense. Trademarks Lexmark and Lexmark with diamond design are trademarks of Lexmark International, Inc., registered in the United States and/or other countries. ImageQuick is a trademark of Lexmark International, Inc.
  • Page 42: Additional Licenses

    Sun, Sun Microsystems, Solaris, and the Solaris Logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries, and are used under license. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. This product includes software developed by the Apache Software Foundation (http://www.apache.org). Additional Licenses The Apache Software License, Version 1.1 Copyright (c) 2000-2002 The Apache Software Foundation.
  • Page 43 Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met: Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions, and the following disclaimer. Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of conditions, and the disclaimer that follows these conditions in the documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution.
  • Page 44: Glossary

    Glossary accepting The state of a print queue when it allows the submission of new print jobs. If a queue is in the accepting state, the user is able to use the lp or lpr command to submit printer requests. IBM's version of the UNIX operating system.
  • Page 45 A program that opens the Print Properties for a particular job. lexlp lines per inch A function of the printer driver that allows the user to specify the number of lines to be printed on one inch of the paper. This number works with the lines per page setting to specify how much of the paper will be covered with text.
  • Page 46 A “staging area” used to store print jobs, to be fed to a predefined printer or print queue pool of printers. The place in the server where print jobs are stored for printing. Print Queue Name The name given by the administrator to the print queue when it is created. It is used by the lp, lpr, and lexlp commands to direct print jobs.
  • Page 47 SNMP community name A plain-text password mechanism used to authenticate queries to agents of managed network devices on a weekly basis. In order to prevent others from using your network printer, change the community name for the printer from the standard word “public.” This breaks many tools used to print and manage the printer and should be done only if absolutely necessary.
  • Page 48: Index

    Index removing queues 23 printer drivers Add Print Queue Wizard 19 Lines Per Page, setting 27 administrator mode 34 administrative group Linux, using 7 installing 8 adding a user 17 opening 15 changing the group name 16 printing from 25 removing user 17 multiple copies 26 removing 13...
  • Page 49 test page, printing 25 text files, printing 27 troubleshooting file sent to print queue came out as garbage 38 hostname does not resolve 38 jobs appear in print queue for extended time 36 my printer driver is not listed 39 print queue does not receive print jobs 37 print queue is disabled or...

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