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Joel Dare
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 +====== Using a Windows Print Spooler for Network Printing via Linux ======
 +
 +Linux has very limited support for printers. ​ As such, it may be easier to connect your printers to an old Windows box on the network and use Linux'​s Postscript printing features (which are quite complete).
 +
 +===== What You Need =====
 +
 +Here's exactly what you'll need for this setup.
 +
 +  - Old Computer Running Windows or ReactOS
 +  - Printer Connected and Driver Loaded
 +  - [[http://​www.lerup.com/​printfile|Print File]] (freeware Windows program)
 +  - [[http://​www.ghostscript.com/​|Ghostscript]]
 +
 +
 +===== Setting it Up =====
 +
 +If the Windows computer is not already on your network, get it hooked up and share a folder that will act as your print spooler.
 +
 +Now, make sure that the printer works. ​ Try to "Print a Test Page" from Windows.
 +
 +Next, install Ghostscript and Print File on the Windows computer.
 +
 +In the startup group, create a shortcut to Print File.  You start Print File with the /s flag in order to run it in spooler mode.
 +
 +  "​C:​\Program Files\PrintFile\PRFILE32.EXE"​ /​s:​f:​\data\print\*.ps
 +
 +Now, use the Linux "​Postscript"​ printer and select the "Print to File" option. ​ Save the file to your mapped printer spool share and it will be printed automatically.
 +
 +
 +===== Print File =====
 +
 +I also keep a copy of Print File on this website, in case I need it later. ​ Please download it from the Print File website (http://​www.lerup.com/​printfile/​) instead. ​ You are likely to get a newer version than the one I have listed here.  As of December 2007, this program was still actively worked on.
 +
 +[[http://​www.lerup.com/​printfile/​|Download Print File - Laster Version]]
 +
 +[[http://​www.joeldare.com/​files/​prf32-216.zip|Download Print File - Old Mirrored Version]]
  
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