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Printing Documents

This topic contains information about printing documents in the Department. Printing Duplex and Printing N-up save department resources, so use them whenever possible. Printing directly to a printer tells you a way to print when the default printing servises are down.

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If you are looking to set up the printer on your laptop computer, see these instructions
 

Printing Duplex

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Use the duplexed printer queues to print duplex in the department. Instead of printing to <printer> (e.g. shake), print to <printer>/duplex (e.g. shake/duplex).
An example: lpr -Pshake/duplex myfile.ps
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Use the duplexed printer queues to print duplex in the department. Instead of printing to <printer> (e.g. shake), print to <printer>/duplex (e.g. shake/duplex).
An example: lpr -Pshake/duplex myfile.ps
 
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An older and less reliable means of printing duplex is to invoke the /usr/staff/bin/duplex script. This script takes a PostScript input and outputs modified PostScript (with an embedded duplex command) to STDOUT. This method is known not to work with the output of psnup (see Printing N-up) and may not work in other situations as well.
An example: duplex myfile.ps | lpr
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An older and less reliable means of printing duplex is to invoke the /usr/staff/bin/duplex script. This script takes a PostScript input and outputs modified PostScript (with an embedded duplex command) to STDOUT. This method is known not to work with the output of psnup (see Printing N-up) and may not work in other situations as well.
An example: duplex myfile.ps | lpr
  (FabrizioMorbini - 18 Aug 2005) In the case the print service is down (see Printing directly to a printer), the methods described in Printing N-up don't work. So manually edit the postscript file (resulting from psnup) and add, after the first line (that usually looks like this: %!PS-Adobe-2.0) the following three lines:
%%BeginFeature *Duplex True
<< /Duplex true >> setpagedevice
%%EndFeature
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then follow the directions given in Printing directly to a printer.
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then follow the directions given in Printing directly to a printer.
 

Printing N-up

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  • prepare the postscript file, let's name it myfile.ps. If needed use psnup and read the section about duplex above.
  • then print using the following command: cat myfile.ps | nc printer_name.cs.rochester.edu 9100. Where printer_name is the name of the printer to which you wanna print (e.g. chaucer or dali) and myfile.ps is your postscript file.
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  -- PhilMichalak - 18 Aug 2005
 
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