Submitting print jobs through the InfoPrint Manager LPD

The InfoPrint Manager Line Printer Daemon (LPD) is a utility that lets you submit print jobs from other operating systems using a Line Printer (LPR) client. The InfoPrint Manager LPD replaces the LPD that is supplied with the Windows operating system (TCP/IP Print Services), however, it submits the files it receives directly to an InfoPrint destination, not to a Windows printer. It also supports the -o options that are available with some LPR clients (-o options let you specify advanced InfoPrint print options such as formdefs and pagedefs).

Only one LPD can run on your InfoPrint Manager server system at a time. If you have TCP/IP Print Services installed, InfoPrint Manager disables it and enables the InfoPrint Manager LPD. If you would prefer to use TCP/IP Print Services, use the Management Console to change the service configuration. See the Management Console help for further instructions.

Important: If you have a different LPD installed, InfoPrint Manager does not disable it, but installs and starts the InfoPrint Manager LPD. You must stop one of the LPDs before you try to submit a print job using an LPR client.

To submit print jobs to the InfoPrint Manager LPD, you can use any LPR client. However, to be able to specify advanced InfoPrint options on the –o flag, you should use the lprafp sample code package. lprafp is an LPR client that is available as a free download from the Ricoh Web site. The package includes executable forms of the lprafp client for the Windows and AIX (version 5.1 and later) platforms. You can compile this code to use it on other platforms as well. Ricoh does not provide support for the package.

Note: The Microsoft LPR client supports a –o flag, but it is not the same as the InfoPrint –o. Any values you pass to InfoPrint Manager using the Microsoft –o flag will be lost. In addition, some LPR clients provide print control functions, such as landscape print. The InfoPrint Manager LPD does not support these options.