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Edit: I ran this with your source file in my environment and have the following results: [root@xt ~]# time tiff2ps test.tif > test.ps real 0m0.795s user 0m0.659s sys 0m0.135s [root@xt ~]# time ps2pdf13 -sPAPERSIZE=a4 test.ps > test.pdf real 0m0.592s user 0m0.513s sys 0m0.075s [root@xt ~]# time tiff2ps test.tif | ps2pdf13 ...


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It's so amazing and horrifying when a thread like this has all sorts of non-knowledge and non-answers flowing in it and no answer gets it right. First I'll give my own answer then I'll explain where the previous posters are wrong. You should go with PCL 6. Here's why: You don't need PostScript. If you did need it you would know it and you wouldn't be ...


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The issue between PCL and PostScript is very specific to which software and printer combination is used. On some printers, PCL is better than PostScript and on others, the reverse applies. Some printers like the HP LaserJet 5 Color (and many others) have an add-on module that fits in one of the SIMM slots that provides PostScript support. Yet other printers ...


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Speaking as a recently-former College print-administrator, I'd take the native PS3 support over the emulation. It comes down to trust. I'd rather have end-to-end Postscript, which Mac-products provide, than introduce multiple translation layers. Being a college, chances are good that some PCs will need to print to those printers once in a while (perhaps ...


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To me this depends on a couple of things: Does the printer support native PostScript. Many printers only have PostScript emulation. The actual printing engine does not "think" in PostScript and so you lose some definition in comparison to a true PostScript printer. A lot of HP printers (not sure about the 2605) only do emulation. Do your users need ...


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You don't say what operating system this is, but you could use something like TCPflow, wireshark or tcpdump to capture the packets as it is sent across the network. If this is Windows, I believe, back in the day, that most printer dialogs let you print to a file. This would presumably be the output of the relevant driver. It's been so long since I used ...


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This is how I solved this problem: I setup RawPrinterServer which will listen as a service on port 9100. I then installed RedMon and Ghostscript. Redmon allows me to create a custom printer port in windows that will forward print jobs to any software you like. Ghostscript will interpret the incoming postscript and output it as a PDF. I created a printer ...


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For one or a small number of computers I normally go PCL, but if output speed, quality, or printer functionality (eg stapler) is important then I always do test prints to compare. For example colours or logos on letterheads may be rendered better with a particular driver. Speed may also be an issue if the printer is going to get heavier use on complex/long ...


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You can tell it to send RAW using the following command: lp -d printer_name -o raw filename -o lets you specify an option. In this case, it specifies no PPD to be used.


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I've seen this before, and it was solved by this KB article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/919543 (assuming you are using Windows) When you print a document that contains lots of raster data, the size of the Enhanced Metafile (EMF) spool file may become very large. Files such as Adobe .pdf files or Microsoft Word .doc/.docx documents may contain ...


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The best way of doing this is not letting hylafax do any conversion. textfmt can only do ascii, so any other characters are bound to break. A better option is to feed hylafax PDF files you generate yourself. A possible way of doing this is to use HTML instead of text files, and using something like wkhtmltopdf to convert these to PDF.


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tl;dr version: It was SonicWALL App Control. The guy who wrote the script, the remote site admin, my boss and I sat down at my site to work out the problem. We managed to isolate the problem to something happening in transit - a sample PS file in the RPM server's spool was corrupted, but the matching PS file on the client's printer spool was perfectly fine ...


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Have you tried ghostscript from OpenCSW? The version is 8.71, but chances are it'll work. Do you need the newest version?


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You might want to try the latest version, ghostscript-9.04.1-sol10-x86-local.gz. Perhaps the issue you are experiencing is what caused the respin.


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What printing subsystem are you using (hint: its probably cups)? Have you installed the hp4515 ppd file? I'd be surprised if Webmin provides the level of access required for configuring stuff like this - it's not that sophisticated a tool - try using the tools provided for your printing system. Note that while most printing systems (including cups) will ...


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On an HP printer, a PCL driver (either 5 or 6) will likely work the best. The intrepreters on a HP device handle PCL much better than PS [they developed the language, so they better!]. If you are just doing regular windows printing then PCL6 would be my suggestion. The PS interpreters on HP devices are not great and I would generally avoid it. Other types ...


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Rule of thumb: PCL should cause less problems for the average user. However, it is causing problems with certain PDF documents we are printing, unless pains are taken to adjust advanced printer settings (ie..."send true type as bit image"; disable print optimization)when it happens. The adjustments don't always work. Adobe PDF is apparently a PS oriented ...


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It does really depend on what you're printing. One answer said to use Postscript because it has better fonts. That may be true if you're only printing text documents but if you're printing mixed jobs that have both text and graphics PCL6 may be better. Print and compare the difference. Personally, I usually go with PCL6 first, then PCL5 then Postscript. ...


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Here is a minimal PostScript file that SHOULD cause an error message '/undefined in SHOW_' or some such: %! 200 500 moveto /Helvetica findfont 36 scalefont setfont (Hello, world!) SHOW_ showpage Here is a PostScript file that should NOT cause an error (since the case sensitivity error of above file is corrected): %! 200 500 moveto /Helvetica findfont 36 ...


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Is there any particular reason that CUPS isn't an option?


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I would have netcat listen on your local LPD port and write what it receives to a file. For example: nc -l -p 515 > output.ps


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I would vote for Wireshark, as it is able to easily follow the TCP strem for the LPD protocol and save it to a file. I just tested that, and all you have to to is stripping a few lines from the beginning of the output file and you have valid PS.


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I find Postscipt worth paying for as professional graphics apps, as well as all macs & *nix machines use postscript nativly, and the translation from PostScript to PCL is not complete (by design PCL was to be a cheap rip-off so HP didn't have to pay Adobe for every printer). In theory colour should be really close with both, however if you send jobs out ...


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Ok, well, here's some food for thought: Ditch the PPD. Yeah, that seems counter-intuitive, but really, you'll be fine without it. Use a different printer language. Select PCL 5e as the print language, if possible. Sticking with older, matured protocols allows you to avoid incompatibilities and/or bugs with the implementation of newer ones. You might ...



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