[GRLUG] Text only printers

Justin Denick justin.denick at gmail.com
Fri Jan 10 20:40:02 EST 2014

What's the dumb device like? If it really spits out ASCII than you're not going to be able to indicate any cool print commands like page size/source. Maybe you could indicate a new line. \n But that's not likely to be interpolated as anything other than \n if the printer isn't regarding printer commands. 

How does this device interface with the current printer? Like is it a parallel port?

If preprocessing is out of the question, than post processing with an intelligent printer or perhaps injecting print commands into whatever is being logged might be you're only recourse. That's probably stretch since this seems to be pretty restricted. 

However, if it has an interface to which you can create an ad hoc connection {read /dev/dumb-device | lpr -o pretty print -P "modern inkjet".  Better yet pipe it to a db and search don't sort when you need to find something from the logged data. 


> On Jan 10, 2014, at 8:15 PM, "L. V. Lammert" <lvl at omnitec.net> wrote:
>> On Fri, 10 Jan 2014, Justin Denick wrote:
>> Is there any chance you could convert it to PostScript?
> Nope, .. text only. Output from a dumb device - it's a logging printer.
>    Lee
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