SUMMARY: Solaris to NT printing

From: Leo Crombach (
Date: Tue Mar 25 1997 - 09:34:56 CST

First, let me say thank you to all those who responded to my posting.

My original question:

> For reasons which I will not elaborate on, I am trying to use a
Windows >NT workstation as a print server for a Solaris 2.5.1 machine
(Ultra). I am >able to print text files to the desired printer (HP DeskJet
1600CM) with no >problems; however, if I try to print a graphics file (TIFF)
the NT box sends >the file to the printer as a very long text file.
> The problem, I believe, is that the lp client on the Solaris box is
>sending either a f, o, or p control command to the NT box which takes the
raw >file and assigns it the TEXT datatype. I have searched through the
answerbook >and other sources and have not been able to determine how to
configure lp so >that it will send the proper control command. My question
is does anyone know >how to tell lp to send the correct control command or
even if it is possible.


        One suggestion was to install the SunSoft print client
( which has
better functionality than lp. I have not tried this option yet but I am
going to just to see how well it works.

        The other suggestion I received from a couple of individuals was to
use /usr/ucb/lpr -l -Pprintername. This is the option I tried and it worked

        Apparently Microsoft is aware of this issue and you may be able to
find more information on it in their knowledge base.

Thanks Again,

Leo Crombach
System and Network Administrator
Tropel Corporation
60 O'Connor Road
Fairport, New York 14450


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