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alternative printer setup
Authored by: xandros on Mar 22, '05 07:50:03AM

for those that cant use the print-center .. or want to play around with the web interface of cups http://localhost:631 .. or to have an alternative installation way

as on macos x the pre-installed ppds that come in the web interface (good ones are placed in other directorys accessible only by print-center) arent suitable for the pstopdf conversion you have to copy them over ..

as an example i take the LaserJet 8150 ppd as it worked for me with the pdf backend and produced nice pdf output (centered) unlike the generic one i used before (capped the top of the page as i used the format A4 .. i guess it was for written for Letter output)

decompress the "/Library/Printers/PPDs/Contents/Resources/en.lproj/HP LaserJet 8150 Series.gz" rename the ppd to "HP8150_H.PPD" and place it in "/usr/share/cups/model/" -- now hup the cups daemon again with "sudo killall -HUP cupsd" go to the web interface and you are able to chose this printer .. (ppds from apple are placed in "/System/Library/Printers/PPDs/Contents/Resources/...")

certainly this can also be archived by using the print-center.app .. associated printer model descriptions (ppds) can also be switched there via Information or command-I ..



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