printing signs from command line environment

Jude DaShiell jdashiel at
Sat Jul 25 18:50:05 UTC 2009

I did try printing a file in real dos, that's dos on a computer that 
hasn't got enough resources for windows to run and it succeeded so I 
suspect doing a cat filename >/dev/lp0 will probably work on Linux.

On Sat, 25 Jul 2009, Terry Klarich wrote:

> Does the printer work under windows?  Have you tried to cat a plain text file to the printer, by passing cups?
> Terry
> On Sat, 25 Jul 2009 02:43:29 -0400 (EDT)you write:
>> When printing something like a sign, it's helpful to print in a larger
>> font than 8 point type. Do any command line tools exist to adjust the font
>> upward on a text file say created with emacs and save that so when the
>> file gets printed, the printing will come out at a larger size specified
>> by the user? I'd prefer not to mess around in gnome or at least have a
>> means to do this with the command line when gnome accessibility goes away
>> temporarily because of updates in the future. The dot matrix printer I
>> have I can't get working even with very competent sighted assistance yet.
>> It's a panasonic KXP-1123 and though we got the ppd file installed for it
>> from all the printer prints out is dollar signs and
>> question marks and long lines.  This was a new never used printer out of
>> the box recently I can get replaced easily enough but don't know if
>> there's a firmware update it needs.  It would be quicker to do firmware
>> update for it than replace it if such is the case.
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