[Printing-architecture] Notes of today's telecon

Michael Sweet mike at easysw.com
Fri May 26 07:43:58 PDT 2006

Till Kamppeter wrote:
> Norm Jacobs wrote:
>>    Till also suggested the "extra" tag. I'm not clear why. Till?
> For one and the same printer there can be more than one driver but the
> PPDs come from the same supplier. There are PPDs from Foomatic for the
> HP LaserJet 4050 for the "ljet4", the "pxlmono", and the "hpijs" driver
> for example. Gutenprint has standard (full option set) and simplified
> (reduced option set) PPDs.
> Then we can do
> /usr/share/ppd/foomatic/HP/HP-LaserJet_4050-ljet4-en.ppd
> /usr/share/ppd/foomatic/HP/HP-LaserJet_4050-pxlmono-en.ppd
> /usr/share/ppd/foomatic/HP/HP-LaserJet_4050-hpijs-en.ppd
> /usr/share/ppd/gutenprint/HP/HP-LaserJet_4050-standard-en.ppd
> /usr/share/ppd/gutenprint/HP/HP-LaserJet_4050-simplified-en.ppd

FWIW, I'm not keen on putting multiple languages in a single
directory.  Most file systems don't like to deal with 60k+ files
in a single directory, and the CUPS globalized/multiple-language
PPD files don't need the suffix (or if they did use a suffix, you'd
list all of the supported locales...)

Michael Sweet, Easy Software Products           mike at easysw dot com
Internet Printing and Document Software          http://www.easysw.com

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