[REBOL] Printing with Rebol on Windows network
From: al::bri::xtra::co::nz at: 21-Aug-2002 9:19
Printing with Rebol on Windows network
I've been exploring how to print over a Windows 2000 network, and have just managed to
get it work. Here's an example of printing to a local printer (printer attached directly
to computer running Rebol):
write/binary %//prn read/binary %Test.txt
Note the two "//" for the local printer, and the "magic" value of "prn" ("lpt1" and others
are magical). And here's an example of printing to a network printer:
write/binary %/Media/Corridor read/binary %Test.txt
For the second example, your file name will obviously differ. The best way I've found
so far for determining the file name of the network printer is to use the Windows Explorer
program, browse into "My Network Places", "Entire Network", "Microsoft Windows Network",
then work group, and then computer. There should be one or more printer icons showing.
Click on one, and in the description vertical bar is the file name. For our network,
that comes up with:
For Rebol, that changes to the file! value:
CAUTION: It's best to use a test file that consists of two or more pages of text. I discovered
that my local printer (Canon BJC-255) would ignore anything less than a page of text
and do nothing!
Note that Windows printers require CR and LF to be sent for the end of line; newline.
If you must print directly from Rebol, you'll need to replace/all of the newline values
in your text with these values.
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