• Priest of the Order of the Butterfly
    Priest of the Order of the Butterfly
    Posts: 902 from 2012/11/10
    From: Manchester, UK/GB

    zukow wrote:
    There is a file (PRINTER) in archive which should be copied to Mossys:Devs/Dosdrivers.

    So, are you saying that ALL the files that are in the archive should be copied to their respective destinations C: and L: and DEVS:DOSdrivers .. etc. in MOSSYS: and NOT SYS: which would be in conflict with the instructions given by the MorphOS team?

    Not that I won't do it, because if this gets the PRINTER: device to work then that is OK with me, and besides which if it going to be part of the MorphOS in the near future it needs testing on a much hardware as is possible before it is considered stable, and works correctly without any, or as few as possible, issues..

    It will mount PRINTER: device (not assign, just another device like PRT: PAR: SER: PS:) using included l/printer-handler.

    So, from that, do I understand you correctly that there will NOT be any requester at startup asking to "please insert volume PRINTER: in any drive" which halts the system from booting correctly ?

    After that, programs can save their work (postscript files or image files) to PRINTER: device. PRINTER: and l/printer-handler will convert data to printer-specific stream and save it to file stored in environment variable PrinterOutput.

    So will we be able to request printer output to be directed to PRINTER: instead of PRT: , or any other currently used device name like PS:, and this will use the new printer system?

    In an example

    setenv save PrinterOutput NETPAR:

    Does this SHELL command PERMANENTLY save the system output to NETPAR: ?

    i set environment variable value to NETPAR: which is standard device created by geit's netprinter.device (should be mounted previously). This variable can store to simple file path like Ram:file etc. and then printing system will print to file. It should be typed once in shell. Refer to AmigaDos documentation.

    Where is the AmigaDOS documentation available?

    Also is it really necessary to have to consult the AmigaDOS documentation as I would have hoped this would get this printing system working correctly automatically?

    Or is there some fine tuning to have to do to get it working on individual systems?

    It's ok to put my files to MOSSYS: this archive was prepared to use MOSSYS: and any copying files to other directory may cause troubles.

    Which should really be explained in the ReadMe file, but I am glad you have stated this now.

    Regarding PPDs files:
    I suggest checking HP subpage with drivers:

    and download linux or earlier macosx drivers and get Postscript PPD file from that.

    What does this involve doing actually. Does every user have to create an individual PPD file for each printer they own?

    I own 2 main printers one a HP5M and the other a HP2500 Color Laserjet, so will I have to create 2 PPD files from a generic PPD file or what?

    I'll add simple postscript ppd file in next release. In printers prefs you select ppd file and click on Add button. PPD file will be converted to iff format and then You can change options + check Default printer.

    That sounds like any PPD file will convert the data sent to the NETPAR: (PRINTER:) device to IFF format which is automatically interpreted by the printer itself, is this correct?

    By the way thanks for a much more precise understanding of what to do, but the ReadMe file could do with a lot more detail to avoid the situation some of us have experienced so far in trying to understand how you intended it to be installed.

    Incidentally, THANKS for all your hardwork, and any others involved with the development of this printing system, which has been needed for so long. A better printing system has been one of the Achilles' heels of the Amiga systems for so long
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