printing postscript files on Epson Stylus C64(xefitra)

Moloney, Gerard Gerard.Moloney at
Mon Apr 19 09:48:49 BST 2004


I am trying to set up a filter for this printer based on the example below
from the FreeBsd Handbook which I've changed slightly. Plain text is fine
but PostScript files just give a blank page. I'm using PostScript generated
abcm2ps and viewing fine in gs and acrobat. Also printing from emacs gives
same result; printing a postscript buffer outputs a blank page.

Am I using the correct driver?

Any help would be greatly appreciated;

Thanks Ged Moloney. 

#  ifhp - Print Ghostscript-simulated PostScript on a DeskJet 500
#  Installed in /usr/local/libexec/ifhp
#  Treat LF as CR+LF:
#printf "\033&k2G" || exit 2 //removed GM
#  Read first two characters of the file
IFS="" read -r first_line
first_two_chars=`expr "$first_line" : '\(..\)'`
if [ "$first_two_chars" = "%!" ]; then
    #  It is PostScript; use Ghostscript to scan-convert and print it.
    #  Note that PostScript files are actually interpreted programs,
    #  and those programs are allowed to write to stdout, which will
    #  mess up the printed output.  So, we redirect stdout to stderr
    #  and then make descriptor 3 go to stdout, and have Ghostscript
    #  write its output there.  Exercise for the clever reader:
    #  capture the stderr output from Ghostscript and mail it back to
    #  the user originating the print job.
    exec 3>&1 1>&2
    /usr/local/bin/gs -dSAFER -dNOPAUSE -q -sDEVICE=epson \
        -sOutputFile=/dev/fd/3 - && exit 0
    #  Plain text or HP/PCL, so just print it directly; print a form feed
    #  at the end to eject the last page.
    echo "$first_line" && cat && printf "\033&l0H" && 
exit 0
exit 2

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