AIX Printer Tips: Adding an Xstation Attached Printer at AIX 4
About This Document
Testing the Print Queue
This document describes how to add an AIX queue to print to a printer that is
attached to an IBM Xstation that is connected to the
RS/6000 through the network.
This document applies to AIX Version 4.x.
- To add an Xstation printer queue, you must be one of the
- A member of the printq group
- Have a network Attached Xstation with an available printer port.
- Printer is set to proper attachment type (serial or parallel).
- When using baud rate, make sure printer matches AIX settings.
- Enter the SMIT fast path:
- Select the attachment type:
xstation Printer Attached to Xstation
- Select the manufacturer of the printer. If the manufacturer of your
printer is not listed, select Other to use a generic printer definition.
- Select the printer model. If your printer model is not listed:
- Select a printer with similar emulations and characteristics, or
- Select a generic printer definition. If you select generic
printer, you will get no printer initialization and no qprt flags will work.
- Enter the Xstation NAME. See network administrator.
- Select one of the following Xstation types:
- Xstation 120
- Xstation 130
- Xstation 140
- Xstation 150
- Xstation 160
- Select Parallel or Serial port.
- p Parallel
- s0 Serial Port 0
- s1 Serial Port 1 - 150,160
- Enter the Name of queue to add.
- Review and modify the printer connection characteristics as
- Select Do. - Success will be answered by message that queue xxxx
has been added successfully.
To test the print queue make sure you use a file that is appropriate for the
printer you have attached. If you are testing an ASCII text or PCL queue,
use one of the two following commands:
Both of these commands will print a single page to the printer.
- lptest 10 10 | qprt -P <queue>
- enq -P<qutue> /etc/motd
If you are testing a printer that prints only PostScript or HPGL, print a
known good file or use the following commands:
With HPGL this process can be more difficult, so it is best to use a known good
- lptest 10 10 | enscript -d<psqueue>
- qprt -Ban -P<ps_queue> /usr/lib/lpd/pio/burst/H.ps
This will produce a page that contains rows of ### and lines with percent
signs, but will print a banner page and only one other page.
- Can you ping the Xstation?
- Are you using the right cable for the port you have chosen?
- Is an interposer required?
- Do the printer and AIX serial settings match?
- Slow down the BAUD Rate.
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