[Wlug] printers

Don Peterson dpeterson at sterilite.com
Thu Sep 2 09:13:56 EDT 2004

Thanx for the reply John.
I had looked into CUPS but it looked pretty involved (the install and
Maybe I will give LPRng a shot.

-----Original Message-----
From: wlug-bounces at mail.wlug.org [mailto:wlug-bounces at mail.wlug.org] On
Behalf Of John Stoffel
Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2004 3:51 PM
To: Worcester Linux Users Group
Subject: Re: [Wlug] printers

Don> I've got a quick question about printers.  Is there a printers.conf

Don> file in Red Hat like there is in Solaris (I couldn't find one).  
Don> Here's my issue:

Don> I have 5 servers in a 9i RAC array and I don't want to set up my 50

Don> printers on each server.  Can anyone suggest a way to "copy"
Don> the printers I set up on one server to the other 4?

Sure, just setup one box as your master, using LPRng.  Then you install
LPRng on all the client systems with an /etc/printcap sorta like this:

    # LPRng: /etc/printcap file
    # Forward all jobs to the print server

Then when you add/delete printers on the server, they appear on the
client without any intervention.

Now, I can't say I love LPRng, mostly because the Docs are baroque and
hard to follow, and the output of various commands is also archane.  

You might want to look at using CUPS instead, since it's based on and
support the Internet Printing Protocol.  I use CUPS at home and it's

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