printing signs from command line environment

Jude DaShiell jdashiel at
Sat Jul 25 18:52:07 UTC 2009

I found out later the dos print was successful, so it's something in or 
out of the linux printing system.  Now that brings up another question 
which could save lots of disk space.  How much of the high end linux 
printing junk can be removed and still have the printing work with cat?

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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