Another way to do this is to use "unix2dos", available from sunsite.
It works for me.
: } Has anyone achieved the ability to print ( just simple printing..like
: } cat <filename>/dev/lp1 ) under SLACKWARE Linux 3.0, with the
: } HP600/600C/660C, printers ? I tried the PRINTIN HOW-TO, MagicFileter
: } convolutions, and other more insane solutions, and all I get is printer
: } staircase, and/or printer shutoff/blank pages, etc..etc...If anyone has
: } been successful, please e-mail the /etc/printcap file and the filter
: } file. I will be eternally indebted . All I want is to be to able to sit
: } here and type #cat <filename> >/dev/lp1 and see a non-staircased page
: } of text emerge from the printer : ) Thanks in advance. PLEASE HELP.
: } -thomas
: do this...
: prompt% cat <filename> | todos | lpr
: this will pipe the file to the program 'todos' which will convert the LF's
: to CR's. and then send the output of that to the printer. this will not
: modify the original file. i put this in my 'elmrc' also so i can
: print my mail if i want.
: you should have the program 'todos'. i think its part of the distribution.
I have a CanonBJ-200 and I had the same problem at first (staircase
effect). I installed apsfilter from sunsite and everything works great
now. For text files, it basically just runs it through a2ps before printing,
and you get two pages of text per physical page. It handles dvi and ps files
transparently too. Just 'lpr <filename>.' I think the HP550 (HP500?) drivers
will work with your printer.