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PTAL-PRINTD(8)              TTF2PT1 Font Converter              PTAL-PRINTD(8)

       hpoj reference: "ptal-printd"

       ptal-printd devname [options...]

       The "ptal-printd" daemon creates a special file (specifically, a named
       pipe), which simulates a traditional unidirectional printer character
       device.  Any data written to this pipe special file, presumably by the
       print spooler, is correctly routed through "libptal", "ptal-mlcd", and
       on to the printer.  Using "ptal-printd" makes it easy to set up a print
       queue in conjunction with the hpoj software, because given a particular
       print spooler, almost exactly the same procedure is used to set up
       printing with an hpoj-driven multi-function peripheral as would be used
       to set up printing with a single-function printer.  The only difference
       is where the print job data goes; instead of printing to something like
       "/dev/lp0" or "/dev/usb/lp0", the print queue is configured to print to
       something like "/var/run/ptal-printd/mlc_par_OfficeJet_Series_700" or
       "/var/run/ptal-printd/mlc_usb_OfficeJet_G85".  Important: If you're
       using CUPS (Common UNIX Printing System) as your print spooler, then
       "ptal-printd" likely will not work for you, because for security rea-
       sons newer versions of CUPS refuse to print to arbitrary file loca-
       tions.  The hpoj software now includes a CUPS "ptal" backend
       ("ptal-cups") which you should use instead of "ptal-printd".  Click
       here for more information on setting up printing with the hpoj soft-
       ware.  Syntax The "ptal-printd" command-line syntax is as follows:

       o   "devname" is the PTAL device name (required)

       Recommended options:

       o   "-like /dev/lp0" -- Copies the pipe's permissions (mode, owner, and
           group) from the "/dev/lp0" device node.  It's probably OK to spec-
           ify "/dev/lp0" regardless of how your device is connected, as long
           as the specified device node is actually present on your system.
           However, this is not necessarily the case anymore with the advent
           of "devfs" on some distributions, so "ptal-init" now caches these
           permissions in a separate file ("/etc/ptal/ptal-printd-like") and
           passes it to ""ptal-printd -like"".

       o   "-morepipes n" -- Creates n additional pipes (for example, 9) for
           this device, in case you want to set up multiple print queues.

       Other possible options (not necessary in most cases):

       o   "-pipename filename" -- Sets name of pipe.  The default is based on
           the PTAL device name, with colon characters mapped to underscores.

       o   "-pipepath path" -- Sets path of pipe if name doesn't contain a
           path (i.e. no slashes).  The default path is

       o   "-colon character" -- Sets character to replace colon when using
           default pipename, since colons have a special meaning in
           "/etc/printcap".  The default is the underscore character.

       o   "-mode 0octal" -- Sets pipe permissions (use leading 0 for octal).
           The default is 0622 (user read/write, group/other write-only).
           Since it is set explicitly in the code, the "umask" setting doesn't
           affect it.

       o   "-owner uid" -- Sets pipe owner (numeric user ID only).  The
           default is the current effective UID.

       o   "-group gid" -- Sets pipe group (numeric group ID only).  The
           default is the current effective GID.

       o   "-nofork" -- Runs in the foreground instead of the default as a
           background daemon.

       o   "-retrydelay seconds" -- Sets retry delay if PTAL print-channel
           open fails.  The default is 30 seconds.

       o   "-timeout seconds" -- Sets idle timeout, where the PTAL print chan-
           nel is closed if no data or end-of-file is received.  The default
           is no timeout.

       o   "-uel", "-nouel" -- Enables/disables wrapping jobs with
           UEL/end-of-job escape sequences.  The default is disabled.

       Previous versions of "ptal-printd" used "/dev/ptal-printd" as the
       default "-pipepath".  That has now been changed to
       "/var/run/ptal-printd", because some platforms have a read-only "/dev"
       file system.  For the sake of backwards compatibility, "ptal-init"
       attempts to create a symlink from "/dev/ptal-printd" to
       "/var/run/ptal-printd" so you don't have to recreate your print queues
       when upgrading from a previous hpoj version.  If you're setting up mul-
       tiple print queues to the same device, then you should ensure that the
       ""-morepipes n"" option is passed to "ptal-printd".  This option causes
       the specified number of additional pipes (for example, 9) to be created
       with the same base name as the "main" pipe but with two underscores (or
       the character specified by "-colon") and a 1-based index appended, for
       example, "/var/run/ptal-printd/mlc_usb_PSC_750",
       "/var/run/ptal-printd/mlc_usb_PSC_750__2", etc.  Simply set each print
       queue to send its data to a different one of these pipes to ensure that
       print data from multiple queues doesn't get interleaved (with quite
       undesirable results).  Don't confuse the "ptal-printd" daemon (with a
       trailing ""d"") and the "ptal-print" command-line utility (without a
       trailing ""d""), which is an alias for "ptal-connect".  "ptal-printd"
       logs startup and error messages to syslog ("/var/log/messages") in
       addition to logging to standard error.  If you specify the "-uel"
       switch, a UEL (Universal Escape Language) sequence ("Esc%-12345X") is
       sent before a print job, and a PCL end-of-job sequence ("EscE") and
       another UEL are sent after a print job, to help identify job boundaries
       for the printer.  However, this may not happen in the case of back-to-
       back print jobs, because "ptal-printd" may not get an end-of-file indi-
       cation when reading from the pipe if data from the next job is already
       in the pipe by the time it reads the last data from the previous job.
       "-nouel" is now the default behavior, because normally print drivers
       automatically add these kinds of escape sequences if necessary, the
       printer already gets job boundaries based on when the print channel is
       closed and reopened between jobs, and it may cause problems when print-
       ing to devices that don't support PCL.  If during a print job an error
       occurs with communicating with the device, the rest of the print job
       data is discarded, subject to the limitations discussed above regarding
       "ptal-printd"'s ability to detect boundaries of back-to-back jobs.
       Subsequent jobs are retried indefinitely if it's not possible to re-
       open the print channel to the device.

current                         March 13, 2005                  PTAL-PRINTD(8)