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Symbolics hardcopy for Sun?
We are a small lab within SRI International seeking advice on how to
get a Symbolics file server running Genera 7.1 to provide hardcopy
service to a standalone, no-yellow-pages Sun 3/260 running SunOS Unix
v3.5 on an ethernet. The Sun and Symbolics hotline folks have been
real helpful lots of times so far as we installed our new Sun, but on
this one neither side was able to tell me how to do it. I thought
this would be a fairly common way to use these two popular machines.
Maybe we're missing something?
If anyone within SRI thinks they can help, there might even be a
charge number for you!
We've read the previous agonies on this mailing list about making all
your Symbolics print on a Sun. But our Symbolics file server does a
great job providing hardcopy service to other Symbolics machines on
the same network, on its own attached Apple Laserwriter, and we don't
want to fix something that ain't broken.
The missing link may be a SERVICE HARDCOPY TELNET, in the host object,
that will listen on TCP port 515: On the Sun side, I found the
following in the /etc/services file ...
# @(#)services 1.2 86/10/07 SMI
# Network services, Internet style
printer 515/tcp spooler # experimental
That "experimental" worries me some. I can't afford to embark on a
big cross-vendor system programming and debugging effort right now
just to get some printout. We're not network wizards in this lab,
anyway. It would be cheaper just to buy another laserwriter for the
Sun, even at Apple's list price, and cheapest to just manually switch
the printer between the two machines ("Sorry, I was SURE your printout
was finished THAT time!"). I guess my Scotch ancestry is showing, but
it seems kind of silly to have two state-of-the-art computers six
inches apart in the same room in 1988 and each needs its own expensive
printer because they still don't quite know how to use that 10MHz
funny yellow hose to talk to each other.
We also have a VAX on the same net with an LN03 laser printer, but
that's a story for another mailing list.
Opinions above are all mine, not necessarily SRI's, and come by the