SUMMARY: Print to Network Printer from Solaris 2.5

From: Dennis Martens (
Date: Wed Sep 30 1998 - 18:36:08 CDT

3rd posting of this summary, so I have lost the list of names who
responded. Thanks, however, go to those who ever so "kindly" pointed out
my faults in posting the originals!

The way to print directly from Solaris to a HP LaserJet is to download
JetAdmin software from Use pkgadd to install it, add an IP
address for the printer in /etc/hosts and then run jetadmin and 'add a
local printer' , specifying the host name that you allocated to the
printer. Easy!

Original posting follows:

Advice please. I have scanned the archives, but the only answers I found
were related to earlier versions, and some of the solutions do not apply
to me.

We print from Solaris 2.5 (and 2.5.1) through to a SunOS4.1.3 print
server. I am trying to remove the SunOS factor, so I would like to print
directly to the printers, specifying their IP addresses.

I entered a printer in /etc/hosts , and through admintool I created a
printer definition, and I was even able to get something to print!
But...the output was garbled. I assume I need to specify a filter?

Sorry, but I am more used to bsd style printing... could someone please
outline the steps I need to follow?

Thanks, and I will summarise.

Dennis Martens
Unix Administrator
Qld Health, Brisbane, Australia

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