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AIX Version 4.3 Kernel Extensions and Device Support Programming Concepts

Chapter 11. Printer Addition Management Subsystem

If you are configuring a printer for your system, there are basically two types of printers: printers already supported by the operating system and new printer types. "Printer Support" in AIX Version 4.3 Guide to Printers and Printing lists printers that are already supported.

Printer Types Currently Supported

To configure a supported type of printer, you need only to run the mkvirprt command to create a customized printer file for your printer. This customized printer file, which is in the /var/spool/lpd/pio/@local/custom directory, describes the specific parameters for your printer. For more information see "Configuring a Printer without Adding a Queue" in AIX Version 4.3 Guide to Printers and Printing.

Printer Types Currently Unsupported

To configure a currently unsupported type of printer, you must develop and add a Predefined printer definition for your printer. This new option is then entered in the list of available choices when the user selects a printer to configure for the system. The actual data used by the printer subsystem comes from the Customized printer definition created by the mkvirprt command.

"Adding a New Printer Type to Your System" provides general instructions for adding an undefined printer. To add an undefined printer, you modify an existing printer definition. Undefined printers fall into two categories:

"Adding an Unsupported Device to the System" offers an overview of the major steps required to add an unsupported device of any type to your system.

Related Information

Adding a New Printer Type to Your System.

Printer Support.

Configuring a Printer without Adding a Queue.

The mkvirprt command.

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