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printer request difficulties
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 88 16:58:34 N
Here we have a lot of problems with our printer that people form
Symbolics (Europe) have not been able to solve.
We have a network of three machines (running 7-2 with ECO) connected via
chaos. There are two 3650 and one 3620 machines. The 3620 one handles
the printer, which is a QMS-PS 800+, but is not configured as a file
(1) We can only print files form the machine handling the print-spooler.
If we try from another one, we get the following error message:
On the machine where the harcopy command was issued:
[<Date> From <Machine-with-printer>: Irrecoverable Error on printer:
<printer>: Irrecoverable device error]
A posscript error occurs at the same time with the message:
Offendning Command: 7.92f0
I'll bet the Lispm without the attached printer has its
*READ-DEFAULT-FLOAT-FORMAT* set to something other than SINGLE-FLOAT.
The Symbolics LGP hardcopy software must be writing floating point
numbers into the Postscript file using a Lisp printing function such as
PRINT. These will produce "<mantissa>e<exponent>", which is compatible
with Postscript, only when the object is of the default float format.