Article: 7691 of alt.hackers From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Alex Le Heux) Newsgroups: alt.hackers Subject: First post Date: Thu, 20 Apr 1995 17:16:00 +0100 Organization: Your Choice BV Lines: 39 Approved: YES! Message-ID: email@example.com NNTP-Posting-Host: saturn.yourchoice.nl Status: RO
Ok, my first post... ObHack: Here at work we are in the process of replacing our old Novell system with a Sun. The programmers working on the new system aren't quite finished yet, but we are already using part of the system for daily work. The Novell prints all it's stuff on a big HP LaserJet IIISi, which would later be connected to the Sun. Meanwhile the (low volume) printing from the Sun would go to an Apple Laserwriter. Using PCL5. We thought. As it happens the Apple and the LaserJet don't agree on what PCL5 is. Unfortunatly it didn't work. "No problem I think, the LaserJet has a parallel and a serial port, and the Novell uses the parallel, so I'll just run a cable up there, and plus the Sun in the serial port." Again, no cigar. Turns out the (old) laserjet listens to EITHER the parallel OR the serial port, and has never heard of auto-switching. After messing about with printer switches, 15 m parallel printer cables, CAP and lots and lots pages with garbage the solution arrived in a flash of inspiration... Take an old diskless Novell station, connect it to the sun with a serial cable. Configure the Sun so that it prints to that serial port, fire up Telix (good old Telix the terminal program) on the station, tell Telix to capture to LPT1, which will send it to the Novell server, which in turn prints it on the LaserJet. -- The right to read or watch anything I want is NOT a point open for discussion. It is my inalienable right.