Defining Passthrough printer objects

Passthrough printer objects represent printers that can print jobs in formats such as PCL, PostScript, and PDF. Jobs are assigned to Passthrough printers using these scheduling properties: Class, Customer name, Destination, Form, Job size, Location, Media, Output bin, Output format, Punch, Folding, Binding, and Staple. For Passthrough printers, Ricoh ProcessDirector runs a command that is defined for the printer. Ricoh ProcessDirector monitors the response to the command, but cannot report status of the job that it sent.
To define a Passthrough printer object:
  1. Click the Administration tab.
  2. In the left pane, click Devices → Printers.
  3. Click Actions → Add and select one of these options:
    • Generic → Passthrough Printer
    • Ricoh → Passthrough Printer
    • Kodak → Passthrough Printer
      • Available if the Cut Sheet Support for Kodak feature is installed.
    • Xerox → Passthrough Printer
      • Available if the Cut Sheet Support for Xerox feature is installed.
  4. Click Add → Passthrough Printer.
  5. On the General tab, fill in values for all the required fields.

    • The value of the Printer command property depends on the print commands that are available on your system. Use the value of the Printer name property as the value of the printer option of the command.
    • Because Passthrough printers cannot automatically determine the values of job properties, you must pass them to the printer. You can pass the values of job properties in either of these ways:
      • By using symbols or Ricoh ProcessDirector methods in the value of the required Printer command property, or in a script named in that value
      • In a file that you specify as the value of the optional Control file template property, only if the printer command uses a control file.
  6. On the Scheduling tab, enter the values that you want Ricoh ProcessDirector to use to assign jobs to this printer. Leave the values blank or Not set for any properties that should not be used for scheduling. Those values match any values specified by the corresponding job scheduling properties.
    If you want to schedule jobs to a printer based on media, keep these items in mind when you set the Media supported property:
    • If you choose specific media, only jobs that use that media can be scheduled to this printer.
    • If you choose Ready media objects, only jobs that require the media that is currently loaded in the printer can be scheduled to the printer.
    • If you choose All media, all jobs can be scheduled to the printer, regardless of what media is loaded.
  7. Click OK.
  8. If the parent server of the Passthrough printer runs Red Hat 6.7 through latest 6.X, create a print queue with the same name as the Passthrough printer:
    1. Log in to the operating system as the root user.
    2. From the Gnome Desktop, click Applications → System Tools → Terminal.
    3. In the terminal window, type: system-config-printer
    4. Select Printer on the New drop-down menu.

      • If you receive an Adjust Firewall notification, you can choose to adjust now or later.
    5. Click Network Printer and select LPD/LPR Host or Printer.
    6. In the Host field, type the host name or IP address of the physical printer.
    7. Type PASS in the Queue field, and then click Forward.
    8. In the New Printer window, select the printer manufacturer name and then click Forward.
    9. In the Models list, select the printer model and then click Forward.
    10. If you see the Installable Options page, choose the hardware options that are installed on your printer and click Forward.
    11. Type a name for the printer in the Printer Name field. This name must match the printer name you used in the Printer Command property in the step where you filled in values on the General tab.
    12. Click Apply.
  9. If the parent server of the Passthrough printer runs Red Hat 7.1 through latest 7.X, create a print queue with the same name as the Passthrough printer:
    1. Log in to the operating system as the root user.
    2. From the Gnome Desktop, click Applications → Utilities → Terminal.
    3. In the terminal window, type: system-config-printer
    4. Select Printer in the New list.

      • If you receive an Adjust Firewall notification, you can choose to adjust now or later.
    5. Click Network Printer and select LPD/LPR Host or Printer.
    6. In the Host field, type the host name or IP address of the physical printer.
    7. Type PASS in the Queue field, and then click Forward.
    8. In the New Printer window, select the printer manufacturer name and then click Forward.
    9. In the Models list, select the printer model and then click Forward.
    10. If you see the Installable Options page, choose the hardware options that are installed on your printer and click Forward.
    11. Type a name for the printer in the Printer Name field. The name must match the printer name you used in the Printer Command property in the step where you filled in values on the General tab.
    12. Click Apply.
  10. If the parent server of the Passthrough printer runs SLES 11.0, create a print queue with the same name as the Passthrough printer:
    1. Log in to the operating system as the root user.
    2. Start YaST.
    3. Click Hardware → Printer. With Printer Configurations highlighted, click Add. Click Connection Wizard, and then select Line Printer Daemon (LPD) Protocol.
    4. In the IP Address or Host Name field, type the host name or IP address of the physical printer.
    5. Type PASS in the Queue Name field. Select the printer manufacturer, and click OK.
    6. In the Set Name field, type the name of the Passthrough printer. This name must be unique on this Linux system. Although printer names are case-sensitive, Linux does not allow you to define multiple printer names that are alike except for case. For example, you cannot define one printer object called OfficePrinter and another called officeprinter.
    7. Select a printer driver, then click OK.
  11. If the parent server of the Passthrough printer runs SLES 12.0, create a print queue with the same name as the Passthrough printer:
    1. Log in to the operating system as the root user.
    2. Start YaST.
    3. Click Hardware → Printer. With Printer Configurations highlighted, click Add. Click Connection Wizard, and then select Line Printer Daemon (LPD) Protocol.
    4. In the IP Address or Host Name field, type the host name or IP address of the physical printer.
    5. Type PASS in the Queue Name field. Select the printer manufacturer, and click OK.
    6. In the Set Arbitrary Name field, type the name of the Passthrough printer. This name must be unique on this Linux system. Although printer names are case-sensitive, Linux does not allow you to define multiple printer names that are alike except for case. For example, you cannot define one printer object called OfficePrinter and another called officeprinter.
    7. Select a printer driver, then click OK.
  12. If the parent server of the Passthrough printer runs AIX, create a print queue with the same name as the Passthrough printer:
    1. Log in to the operating system as the root user.
    2. Start SMIT.
    3. Click Print Spooling → AIX Print Spooling → Add a Print Queue → remote → Standard processing.
    4. In the Name of QUEUE to add field, type the name of the Passthrough printer.
    5. In the HOSTNAME of remote server field, type the host name or IP address of the physical printer.
    6. In the Name of QUEUE on remote server field, type PASS.

Examples of the Printer command property

You can set the Printer command property of a Passthrough printer to use an lpr command. These commands set the value of the -# flag to the value of the Job.Copies property of the job that is being printed. Both use the getCurrentFile method to return the file name and path of the file in the job spool directory that is in the specified data format. Substitute the name of the printer for printerName.

lpr -P printerName -#${Job.Copies} ${getCurrentFile(pdf)}
lprpdf -pprinterName -#${Job.Copies} ${getCurrentFile(pdf)}}

If the requested data format is PDF, and if the spool ID for the job is 1000006, the file name resolves to /aiw/aiw1/spool/default/1000006/1000006.print.pdf. If the name of the printer is officeprinter and the value of the Job.Copies property for this job is 2, the printer command resolves to:

lpr -P officeprinter -#2 /aiw/aiw1/spool/default/1000006/1000006.print.pdf

Or

lprpdf -pofficeprinter -#2 /aiw/aiw1/spool/default/1000006/1000006.print.pdf

  • Printers support different lpr options, so the printer might not honor all options requested.
 
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