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Adobe and CUPS PostScript Drivers for Windows Clients

Before CUPS 1.1.16, your only option was to use the Adobe PostScript driver on the Windows clients. The output of this driver was not always passed through the pstops filter on the CUPS/Samba side, and therefore was not counted correctly (the reason is that it often, depending on the PPD being used, wrote a PJL-header in front of the real PostScript, which caused CUPS to skip pstops and go directly to the pstoraster stage).

From CUPS 1.1.16 and later releases, you can use the CUPS PostScript driver for Windows NT/200x/XP clients (which is tagged in the download area of https://www.cups.org/ as the cups-samba-1.1.16.tar.gz package). It does not work for Windows 9x/Me clients, but it guarantees:

  • To not write a PJL-header.

  • To still read and support all PJL-options named in the driver PPD with its own means.

  • That the file will pass through the pstops filter on the CUPS/Samba server.

  • To page-count correctly the print file.

You can read more about the setup of this combination in the man page for cupsaddsmb (which is only present with CUPS installed, and only current from CUPS 1.1.16).

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