I was not pleased with the result of the test page: Other Foomatic PPDs need to be downloaded from the www. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Learn more about this site. The optional foomatic-filters package includes the foomatic-rip filter script from the www. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. You can put it in a subdirectory if you prefer.
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It provides the “glue” between a print spooler like CUPS or lpr and your actual printer, by telling your computer how to process files sent to the printer.
The foomatic-rip filter does not use the “cups” ghostscript device. This means that you need to have the “cdj” device compiled into ghostscript if you want to use the cdj PPD. Finally you need to add a filtering printer that uses the new PPD, as explained in this howto.
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Debian — Details of package foomatic-db in sid
Other Packages Related to foomatic-db depends recommends suggests enhances rec: Foomatic is a printing system designed to make it easier to set up common printers for use with Debian and other operating systems. Application Datarole:: To report a problem with the web site, e-mail debian-www lists.
A newer method is to have a common foomaticc device call an external program also called a filter; distinct from CUPS filterswhich controls the printer options for the different models supported by the filter. Some background information about foomatic-rip, its use of traditional ghostscript devices, and how these differ from the special “cups” ghostscript device, can be found on this page.
I had to change some of the driver settings this is done through the “Configure Printer” option on the printers page in the CUPS web interface before I was able to successfully print a test page.
But if foomatic-rip “knows” about the available printer, it will translate the PostScript data directly to the printer’s language, without creating the intermediate raster file.
We’re not going to use any of these: It uses ‘traditional’ ghostscript devices such as “cdj”, “pcl3”, “ijs”, etcetera instead.
I choose the HP DeskJetwhich takes me to this page. Foomatic PPDs for the hpijs ghostscript filter are provided by the hpijs-ppds package and will already be installed and available for selection in the CUPS web interface if you installed that package. This package contains the printer database distributed by OpenPrinting for most common drivers.
foomatic-rip(1) – Linux man page
If you installed the gimp-print-cups package, chances are that your printer is supported by it. We can quickly discard three of these: The only “color mode” that worked with my black ink cartridge was “Floyd-Steinberg Gray”.
Debian is a trademark of SPI Inc. I was not pleased with the result of the test page: Lucky for us, “cdj” is listed, so we can use this PPD. PrinterMade Of: One of these external ghostscript filters is “hpijs”.
foomatic-ppdfile – Generate a PPD file for a given printer/driver combo – Linux Man Pages (1)
If your printer is not supported by either of these driver packages, you may yet be able to find a Foomatic PPD for your printer. It uses PPD files as configuration to generate appropriate output for a given printer.
This page was last edited on 24 Decemberat We can also discard hpijs-rss as an older, albeit patched, version of hpijs than the one we have installed, and hpdj as an older version printwr the pcl3 driver. For other contact information, see the Debian contact page. In the olden days, every printer driver was a separate ghostscript device.
This page is also available in the following languages How to set the default document language: Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. This means you do not need to recompile ghostscript every time a new printer model comes out; you just update the external filter program.