Netatalk issues - Networking

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  1. Netatalk issues

    Rather confused here about Netatalk. I have installed it to my Ubuntu
    system via apt-get. Some instructions I found (which might be
    outdated) for integrating AppleTalk-only printers into the system
    states that after installing Netatalk, by issuing the command nbplkup
    I should be able to see my Apple Talk printers. Here is what I get
    instead:

    james-desktop:AFPServer 65280.16:128
    james-desktop:netatalk 65280.16:4
    james-desktop:Workstation 65280.16:4

    As you can see, the printer does not appear, although it seems that
    netatalk is operating. I'm on a Mac using Parallels software to run
    Ubuntu. My printer is an old Laserwriter 4/600 PS which uses a
    LocalTalk-Ethernet bridge.

    What am I missing here? Is netatalk not working? Or is using the
    nbplkup command obsolete for the latest version of Netatalk?

    Thanks.


  2. Re: Netatalk issues

    In article <1183439711.580034.274200@57g2000hsv.googlegroups.c om>,
    jimcoyle1 writes:
    >
    > Rather confused here about Netatalk. I have installed it to my Ubuntu
    > system via apt-get. Some instructions I found (which might be
    > outdated) for integrating AppleTalk-only printers into the system
    > states that after installing Netatalk, by issuing the command nbplkup
    > I should be able to see my Apple Talk printers. Here is what I get
    > instead:
    >
    > james-desktop:AFPServer 65280.16:128
    > james-desktop:netatalk 65280.16:4
    > james-desktop:Workstation 65280.16:4
    >
    > As you can see, the printer does not appear, although it seems that
    > netatalk is operating. I'm on a Mac using Parallels software to run
    > Ubuntu. My printer is an old Laserwriter 4/600 PS which uses a
    > LocalTalk-Ethernet bridge.


    First, the way you're running Linux (in a virtualized environment) may
    throw a monkey wrench into the equation. I don't know anything about how
    Parallels handles networking; it might or might not even pass AppleTalk
    traffic. If it does pass AppleTalk traffic, you SHOULD be able to get it
    working; however, the task you want to accomplish is becoming fairly
    obscure....

    I don't know much about the nbplkup command. If you know the network name
    of your printer, though, the most basic way to print to it from Linux is
    to use the pap command:

    pap -p PrinterName file.ps

    This command prints file.ps (a PostScript file) to the printer called
    PrinterName. You can also use papstatus to get some basic information on a
    printer's status:

    papstatus -p PrinterName

    If you can get pap working, you should be able to integrate it into your
    native Linux printing system (which probably uses CUPS); however, I've
    never looked into getting CUPS to talk to an AppleTalk printer -- or if I
    have, I don't recall what I discovered about it. Perhaps doing a Web
    search on "AppleTalk CUPS" would provide some help. I have set up the
    older LPD printing system to talk to an AppleTalk printer, but few new
    Linux systems use LPD any more. Alternatively, if your needs are limited,
    you could just use pap to print PostScript files directly.

    --
    Rod Smith, rodsmith@rodsbooks.com
    http://www.rodsbooks.com
    Author of books on Linux, FreeBSD, and networking

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