"pstoraster" or Postscript interpreter for CUPS printing to non-PS
printers , is a Postscript to raster, or page bitmap, filter. It is
sometimes used on printers that do not respond to Postscript or a
similar compositing language such as HP's own printer language, which I
cannot remember what its acronym is now.
I use Ubuntu 12.04 and a HP Laserjet 2300dn
I have add three different drivers to test out for that printer.
Did the same for an Epson inkjet.
I have [my text name for description] the following drivers. I do not
remember which HP/Linux defaults to for this printer.
HP Laserjet 2300 Foomatic Postscript
HP Laserjet 2300 hpijs PL3
HP Laserjet 2300 CUPS Gutenprint lsb3.2-v5.27
Each of these show different options in the printing dialogs.
Also each seems to have a different quality of printing of the sample
test page with text and graphics.
I chose the CUPS Gutenprint, since it seems the best print quality and
the "better" print options for this duplexing printer.
As for the Envelope, does your printer have an envelope tray? Or do
you use the manual tray that centers the paper from letter to postcard
widths? I have one HP printer that does not center the envelopes, and
it uses an envelope feeder tray that is left justified to the printer
face of the page. My Epson also uses a left justified, but the Canon
uses the centered.
I do think that the "pstoraster" is the issue though. You need to
find a better driver, either a newer one from HP or try the CUPS
Gutenprint driver. I have no idea what that "pstoraster"
filter/driver could be.
No, Slackware is zipped tarball ("TGZ"). Slackware comes with a filter
called "rpm2cpio" which can be used to extract an RPM file. I use it to
extract the LibreOffice binary RPM packages and then re-package them
into a "TGZ" for installation on my Slack 12.2 system. Slack 13.0 up
changed from "TGZ" to "TXZ" which uses a different zipper algorithm.
Slack 14.0 is the newest as of the last time I checked. But I have not
installed it because it's version ends in 0.
Slackware is RPM, correct? Also is 13.1 the newest? Did the envelope
printing work in 12.x or 11.x?
Every time Ubuntu's update manager system downloads and installs a new
"hplip", CUPS, or other printer file/driver upgrade, I seem to need
to delete and reinstall my printers. They never seem to fully work
properly after an automatic upgrade download/install. Sometimes I
loose the "connection" to those network printers and it acts like they
do not exist.
That makes some sense. CUPS probably needs to be updated as to what the
new files are and updating CUPS would be self-explanatory. Updating
requires printer re-installation. The newer CUPSs goes out and find
printers, which worked well for me. However, it only installs one
printer at a time, so the "find" function must be repeated until all the
printers are found. At least that is how CUPS 1.3.11 works.
That's what I suggested. I might add that sometimes searching (i.e.
googling) for an error message brings some meaningful hints or places to
look for the problem.
SO, long winded statement . . .
Please try downloading the newest hplip/driver installer script from
the HP/Linux page.
Full List of HP printers
Stick with Postscript and you can't go wrong. It simplifies printing
NOTE: Before I buy a new or re-manufactured printer, I first look
for Ubuntu/Debian drivers and how much the ink/toner will cost me.
The non-OEM toner for this laser printer costs about $35 shipped
when the HP's original one is over $120. Had to look far and wide
for the Canon inkjet printer. Canon USA does not support or have
Linux drivers, but Canon UK does. The Epson inkjet has a driver in
the OpenPrinting.org list[s]. The Canon ink costs $180+ for 2 full
sets, while a good non-OEM 2 full sets cost about $35 with shipping
included. The Canon uses - Black, Big Black, Gray, Yellow, Magenta,
Cyan. The Epson uses - Black, Yellow, Magenta, Light Magenta, Cyan,
Light Cyan. So you see it is impo0rtant to find out how much it
will cost a person to get the ink/toner.
Hope this helps.
Yours in enlightenment.
On 01/24/2013 10:21 PM, Girvin R. Herr wrote:
I am using CUPS with my HP Laserjet 8150DN and I have no trouble
printing #10 envelopes in LO. So, it is possible.
"pstoraster" is a printer driver that converts Postscript to rastor,
the printer page. That implies that you are not using the Laserjet's
Postscript emulation (missing option?), which would not need the
pstoraster conversion. CUPS has several driver options to select
from, such as Foomatic, Gutenprint, or in my printer's case, a CUPS
driver ("HP Laserjet 8150 Series Postscript (en)"). You may try
adding the same printer as a different name using different drivers
to experiment with. I see on my Slackware 12.2 Linux CUPS that there
are only Gutenprint or Foomatic drivers for the LJ5. However, HP has
produced more then one model 5 over the years, so I am not sure which
one you have. Here is a place I go for Linux printer information:
When I select the HP Laserjet 5, the result says it "works
perfectly". It also says you should be using the "hplip" (HP Linux
Imaging and Printing) driver.
Hope this helps.
Rich Shepard wrote:
Running LO-22.214.171.124 on Slackware-13.1. The envelope template was
a COM10 size envelope in 2003 using whatever version of OO.o was then
current. Worked fine then; hasn't since OO.o was supplanted by LO.
fix this problem.
The page size is set for a COM10 US business envelope. When I try
it (paper size is commercial 10 and paper orientation is landscape
the HP LaserJet 5 sits with nothing to print. When I check the CUPS
I see this error message: "/usr/lib/cups/filter/pstoraster failed".
If I print to a disk file I can print the resulting .pdf to a
page, but not to an envelope.
Any thoughts on this?
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