Printing postscript files

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Bill McEnaney, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. Bill McEnaney macrumors 6502

    Apr 29, 2010
    Hi everyone,

    My Sun machine used to address envelopes by printing a postscript file that I edited with emacs. To print it, I would type, say, "lpr -Php -h". "-Php" told the computer that it was using an HP printer. The "-h" suppressed a banner page.

    After I type "lp" on my iMac, the machine schedules a print job, but nothing prints. What am I doing wrong? Thanks.

  2. mrbash macrumors 6502

    Aug 10, 2008
    'man' is your friend

    Assuming that your HP printer actually supports the PostScript language (most HP laser printers only support PCL); Have you tried running 'man lp'?

    'man' is neat little command that gives you on-line documentation to commonly used unix commands.

    In case you have trouble here is a link to it.

    A further hint: check the values of LPDEST and PRINTER.
  3. Bill McEnaney thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 29, 2010
    Thanks for the good advice, Mrbash. I'll follow the recommended link. I've been corresponding wi a Mac system administrator, a consultant who still doesn't know what's wrong. So let's hope the answer will be in the document you've linked your post to, my friend.

    I'm very familiar with the "man" command. Thanks for the reminder, though.


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