Printing from UNIX
The Unix print queues defined on the "ccu" system recognize approximately 80 different printers across the University. Most of these are shared Novell printers owned by various departmental offices and are not accessible to the rest of the campus.

ACN provides print service only in the ACN student computing labs. Unix print queues are defined for the Epson printers that serve some of these labs. In September 1999, the print filter for these Epson printers was modified to use Ghostscript 5.50 to interpret Postscript files and generate Epson printer control sequences. This process does slow the printing, but as such a large amount of Unix printing is of postscript files, it is a necessary trade-off. We have occasionally found valid postscript files that will not print correctly on the Epson printers. If this happens, please report the problem to ACN so that we can see if a solution is possible.

The computing lab printers are draft-quality impact printers. They are self-serve, which means that you must be on hand to pick up your printout. You will sometimes need to remove and stack other peoples output, and load new paper in the printers. It is important to use these printers responsibly, as misuse causes problems for all users of the computing labs. The lab printer queues include:

agric237_pq1
agric237_pq2
dafoe8_pq1
dafoe8_pq2
dafoe8_pq3
dafoe8_pq4
dafoe8_pq5
dafoe8_pq6
eitc135_pr1
eitc135_pr2
eitc135_pr3
eitc135_pr4
mh109_p1
mh109_p2
mh109_p3
mh109_p4

mh114_p1
mh114_p2
mh114_p3

uc233_pq1
uc233_pq2

These printers have filters that recognize only Epson printer files, ASCII text, and PostScript. They reject other input types with an error message printed on the printer.

Departmental PostScript printers now print single-sided by default. These printers are configured with filters that automatically detect and, if required convert to PostScript, the following types of input:

  • PostScript
  • PostScript with HP printer controls
  • ASCII text
  • troff text formatter output

For other types of input, they print a brief error message on the printer. Filters for other types of files may be added in future if demand warrants and a suitable filter can be found.

Please note that you should not use departmental printers without the permission of the specific department that owns the printer.

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