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Problems with Windows LPD Printing?

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The Question is:

What limitations are there on the :rp field in the printcap file. Specifically
 can you use the underscore, and is their a field length limit. Currently I am
 trying to set up lpd queues to print to printer shares in a W2K server with
 share names like:
aprint001_ip, aprint001a_ip, aprint001b_ip
and when I print to the "b" printer - the reports comes out on the first printer.

The Answer is :

  The OpenVMS Wizard cannot, does not, and will not encourage this
  configuration; please use a network-attached printer and not a
  host-served printer.  JetDirect, terminal server, an integrated
  NIC, or other smilar network hardware is readily available for
  most any printer, and greatly simplifies the configuration
  requirements while easing the support effort.
  For general IP printing discussions, please start with topic
  For information on what the Windows LPD server might or might
  not support, please contact Microsoft support.  For what OpenVMS
  TCP/IP Services has sent, please check the logs on both ends.
  (The OpenVMS Wizard would expect OpenVMS to send the appropriate
  characters, but has no idea what might happen at the remote end.
  Again, please configure and use direct network-connected printers.)

answer written or last revised on ( 25-FEB-2004 )

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