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Re: Question about HPLIP, PPD, CUPS, PostScript printer and non-PostScript printer



On Mon, 2006-05-15 at 21:19 +0100, Laurence Orchard wrote:
> On Mon, 2006-05-15 at 10:18 -0700, Leon Pu wrote:
> > --- Laurence Orchard <laurence orchards org uk> wrote:
> > 
> > > On Mon, 2006-05-15 at 06:53 -0700, Leon Pu wrote:
> > > > Hi all,
> > > > 
> > > > could any body explain the relationship between HPLIP, PPD, CUPS,
> > > > PostScript printer and non-PostScript printer?
> > > HPLIP provides the interface between the program/user who wants to
> > > use
> > > the printer.
> > > PPD describes the attributes of the printer to the system.
> > > CUPS in simple terms is the print spooler for all printers in the
> > > system.
> > > a postscript printer has a built-in postscript interpreter so can
> > > accept
> > > postscript commands
> > > a non-postscript printer is dumb, does not understand postscript and
> > > has
> > > to have the commands translated for it, usually by ghostscript or
> > > something similar.
> > > > 
> > > > Is it possible to let non-PostScript printer print out PostScript
> > > file?
> > > Yes, ghostscript is used to do the translation
> > > > 
> > > > Is HPLIP developed to let HP printers work in Linux?
> > > Exactly right, the HPLIP site on sourceforge has a large list of
> > > supported printers. HPLIP also provides an interface for all-in-one
> > > devices to allow the use of the scanners as well and it is planned to
> > > allow the use of the in-built faxes in the future.
> > > > 
> > > > Should all HP printers which supported by HPLIP work in Linux?
> > > Yes, some devices such as Officejets etc use Deskjet interfaces for
> > > the
> > > printing
> > > > 
> > > > Is PPD used to let non-PostScript printer print out PostScript
> > > file?
> > > PPD is used to describe the attributes of the various printers.
> > 
> > Hi Laurence,
> > 
> > I still have doubt about PPD. Does PPD only describe the attribute of
> > printers? Does it do any work with PostScript?
> > 
> > If I have a non-PostScript printer which supported by HPLIP, how can I
> > configure it to print out PostScript? Do I only need to install HPLIP
> > or anything else (install PPD, configure CUPS etc.)?
> You need to install HPLIP, this will allow the programs to print to the
> CUPS print spooler. You then need to setup CUPS to define and configure
> the printer, giving it the printer address, the PPD file to use etc.
> 
> The installation is set out in the HPLIP pages on sourceforge.
> > 
HPLIP home page is here:- http://hplip.sourceforge.net/

Installation page starts here:-
http://hplip.sourceforge.net/install/index.html

There is a troubleshooting guide here:-
http://hplip.sourceforge.net/troubleshooting/index.html


> > Thank you very much for your reply.
> > 
> > 
> > Best regards,
> > Leon
> > 
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