printing signs from command line environment

Terry Klarich terry at
Mon Jul 27 21:56:33 UTC 2009

I suspect cups is taking this text/plain file and converting it into postscript and from there, who knows.

What do you see in your /var/log/cups/error_log file?

Are you using the proper ppd file?

what do you see when you do a "lpoptions -p {PRINTERNAME} -l"?

You can edit your /etc/cups/mime.convs to tell cups what to do with your file.

On Sat, 25 Jul 2009 14:52:07 -0400 (EDT)you write:
>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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