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Hardware / Re: Brother-HL-2035 not printing ? ? ?
« on: January 25, 2016, 05:34:49 am »
Of course HL-2030 driver from gutenprint (former gimp-print) would be the second choice.

But why not simply using the omni driver? Which of your applications requires CUPS?

Hardware / Re: Brother-HL-2035 not printing ? ? ?
« on: January 23, 2016, 02:27:21 pm »
Unfortunately it's totally impossible to use a GDI printer (brother HL-2035) with PCL (LASERJET) drivers. Only option to use is the hl1250 ghostscript printer driver.

Internet / Re: Seamonkey 2.28b5r2 will not accept addons.
« on: December 23, 2015, 06:05:37 pm »
Can you download the xpi and install it later from local drive?

Storage / Re: Share a 2TB USB drive between Windows and OS/2?
« on: December 18, 2015, 04:58:48 pm »
I don't know of any OS/2 backup program that would really supports external USB hard drives. Ok, it's possible to copy files to them, but how long would a 500 GB or 1 TB backup run in real world. Good chances that it will not complete at all because the lack of reliable USB device drivers under OS/2. Now try to a restore to bare metal from this external drive, quite impossible in an OS/2-only scenario. External SATA or Firewire-800 connections are much faster than USB 2.0/3.0 and have lower cpu load btw.

Applications / Re: What is the best CD Based imaging software
« on: December 17, 2015, 01:17:55 am »
It seems the OP is looking for a CD-based bare metal recovery solution that should work from inside a physical OS/2 system. So it's simply a two step process:
1. creating recovery disk images for using with cd boot
2. create a dump of system partition (preferable from a maintenance partition or using recovery boot disks from step 1)
In the end you have to integrate everything and create a bootable CD.

Hardware / Re: Anyone successfully using Brother HL-5470dw?
« on: December 08, 2015, 07:31:34 pm »
How many of the drivers installed to [BootDrive]:\OS2\BOOT do you use? Most of us only use a few but the installer puts every driver that may be needed. Is that just in case we change hardware configuration in the future?

Just trying to draw a comparison with cups...

Maybe 10 to 20 % of them. But this directory contains only 3 or 4 megabytes to draw a comparsion. Usually I delete not necessary device drivers for microchannel systems by a small REXX procedure after a finished installation.

You could possibly go through the cups installation and remove unneeded files eg man pages but be careful you do not remove something you later need.

There is a man reader somewhere, possibly hobbes, but the online docs do the same job.

A large part of documentation is only useful for developers or administrators. I doubt that average and users are able to install and use man page viewers under OS/2. Of course there's cawf as a small solution for command line paging, but it has some limitations. I never complained about man pages with XFree86/2 but there it was working almost out of the box by xman. Even the developers doing the port seem to hate man pages, otherwise they would convert them automatically to INF-files at time of the build.

Does cups need tcpip to print locally?
I don't think so but it is a long time since I last had a local printer I may be wrong.

All included executables and DLL is dynamically linked against TCPIP32.DLL. It becomes much worse for printers connected through serial and parallel ports. Then you have to run additionally a local LP daemon.

You may need a [BootDrive]:\tcip\bin directory to put the cupslpr.exe file into but there is nothing stopping a user from creating that directory on a non-tcpip-installed system and adding it to the config.sys PATH.

OTOH: you could probably install this file to another directory in the config.sys PATH - I am not sure if it is "hard coded" to BootDrive]:\tcip\bin.

Of course paths are hardcoded. But I'm aware of it. But documentation is not very friendly to end users in this area.

Of course, if you do not have tcpip installed you probably do not have a browser installed which means no using the cups browser interface to setup and test your printer. That means playing "command line cowboy" with all those commands that I have forgotten...

Because CUPSD also includes an integrated web server etc. it's not possible at all. But again, probaly nobody tested the command line tools. The included localization files (which use GNU gettext?) are in UTF-8, so it looks like garbage on non-english systems and causes additional headache.

A Mac that does not use cups... Must be Ye Olde Apple Mac  :-) pre-PC hardware and pre-linux?

It's a PowerMac G4, one of last ones that are able to run native MacOS 9. Ok, I could also use Snow Leopard which still included Rosetta emulation on newer devices. But that's too much effort for just running FreeHand and Acrobat.

Out of interest how old is the hardware running OS/2? I ask because it sounds like you may have disk space limitations in these days of Tb sized drives.

They were mostly control devices at ages from 0 to 15 years. I don't know any reliable backup and restore solution for stand-alone systems that could handle Tb sizes nowadays under OS/2. So some of the devices only contain only CF cards that have to contain everything and were connected to process printers or barcode devices. Not everybody wants to pay extra money for connected industrial ethernet stuff.

For development and administration workstations it's not a big problem to have more storage space for printing system (than for the base OS itself) available. But on production systems it will increase (doubles) downtimes for creating backups of a system partition.

To make it clear, here is no hostility against people who tried to make CUPS working under OS/2. But to make it ready for an end user it's a long way to go.

Hardware / Re: Anyone successfully using Brother HL-5470dw?
« on: December 06, 2015, 12:10:23 pm »
CUPS for OS/2 relies on TCP/IP and at least a HPFS file system. For a non-networked small footprint OS/2 system that means additional 50 megabytes of wasted space at system's partition. When installed from WPI archives which seems to be recommended by eCups webpage the size of installed files (cups, driver, ghostscript) uses over 100 megabytes totally. This is also caused by packaging and it could be reduced by over 43 mb. I don't think that average users will need all header files and import libraries for printing. Why this packages have to include all this not accessable documentation (manpages, odt-files) and almost useless localisations?

Btw. good old MacOS doesn't use CUPS at all. I have to use it here (with dogcow of course) for Adobe Acrobat and Aldus Freehand, which were unfortunately never available under native OS/2.

Hardware / Re: Anyone successfully using Brother HL-5470dw?
« on: December 05, 2015, 03:53:42 pm »
CUPS is great for networks with UNIX, but overdosed and oversized for small OS/2 based LAN systems. There's almost no existing documentation for OS/2 port (sometimes called eCups). If you have some idea of a real-life version of cups for OS/2 including useful OS/2 amd DOS/Win-OS/2 application support, working lpr or line printers on local parallel and serial ports.

Hardware / Re: Printer support for HP Color Laserjet Pro M252dw
« on: November 21, 2015, 12:57:03 am »
This HP/Canon printer supports HP PCL 6, HP PCL 5c, HP postscript level 3 emulation, PCLm and PDF.
It should be possible to use this printer with LASERJET.DRV. Simply use the PCL5c and PCL6 drivers for Color LaserJet. PPD is only required when using slower PS emulation with PSCRIPT.DRV. But you have to steal the PPD file from Mac driver installation.

Comments, Suggestions & Questions / Re: LION
« on: November 19, 2014, 04:37:44 pm »
Should be no problem with Virtual PC. But which version - it reallly depends on processor and operating system.

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