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LP(4)							     Kernel Interfaces Manual							     LP(4)

lp - line printer DESCRIPTION
The lp device refers to the line printer attached to the parallel port. Any byte written to this device is printed. Only one process may have the device open. The write (2) call may return with a smaller count then the number of bytes requested to write. The next write call is then likely to fail with the error code EAGAIN if the printer is out of paper, or EIO if the printer is turned off. FILES
/dev/lp Parallel port device. SEE ALSO
lp(1). BUGS
Only one parallel port is supported. AUTHOR
Kees J. Bot ( LP(4)

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LPT(4)							   BSD Kernel Interfaces Manual 						    LPT(4)

lpt -- generic printer device driver SYNOPSIS
device ppc device ppbus device lpt DESCRIPTION
The current lpt driver is the port of the original lpt driver to the ppbus(4) system. One purpose of this port was to allow parallel port sharing with other parallel devices. Secondly, inb()/outb() calls have been replaced by ppbus function calls. lpt is now arch-independent thanks to the ppbus interface. See ppbus(4) for more info about the ppbus system. The parallel port bus is allocated by lpt when the printer device is opened and released only when the transfer is completed: either when the device is closed or when the entire buffer is sent in interrupt driven mode. The driver can be configured to be either interrupt-driven, or to poll the printer. Ports that are configured to be interrupt-driven can be switched to polled mode by using the lptcontrol(8) command. Depending on your hardware, extended capabilities may be configured with the lptcontrol(8) command. With an ECP/ISA port, you can take advantage of FIFO and DMA. In order to retrieve printer info from /dev/lpt0, just apply the cat command to the device. If the printer supports IEEE1284 nibble mode and has data to send to the host, you will get it. FILES
/dev/lpt0 first parallel port driver SEE ALSO
ppbus(4), ppc(4), lptcontrol(8) HISTORY
This driver replaces the functionality of the lpa driver, which is now defunct. BUGS
There are lots of them, especially in cheap parallel port implementations. It is only possible to open a lpt port when a printer is connected and on-line, making it impossible to run lptcontrol(8) when there is no printer connected. This driver could still stand a rewrite. BSD
February 14, 1999 BSD
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