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Making a ppd driver for Minolta 3100 on CUPS/Ubuntu

Hello

I have a Minolta QMS Magicolor 3100 printer. A driver is available (Minolta-magicolor_3100-Postscript.ppd) for Linux, installed using foomatic, but it does not work properly. The resolution is at it's lowest and a poor quality grainy print results. The printer works fine under Windows XP using Minolta's mq3100np.ppd driver. When I compare the Linux CUPS and the Windows driver files I see similarities but also a big difference in content.

I would like to make a Linux CUPS based ppd to drive the Minolta 3100 printer.

I have emailed Minolta and have their consent to write an open source driver based on their mq3100np.ppd driver.

Does anybody have any knowledge of writing postscript driver files for Linux and could they point me in a suitable direction to learn how to do it?

Regards
Bob
 

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FOOMATIC-CONFIGURE(1)					      General Commands Manual					     FOOMATIC-CONFIGURE(1)

NAME
foomatic-configure - the main configuration program of the foomatic printing system. SYNOPSIS
foomatic-configure [OPTION]... foomatic-configure -n queuename [ -N description ] [ -L location ] [ -c con- nect ] [ -d driver ] [ -p printer ] [ --ppd ppdfile ] [ -s spooler ] [ -C [ sourcespooler ] source- queue ] [ -o option1=value1 -o option2 ... ] [ -q ] foomatic-configure -D -n queuename [ -s spooler ] [ -q ] foomatic-configure -R -n queuename [ -s spooler ] [ -q ] foomatic-configure -Q [ -s spooler ] [ -n queuename ] [ -r ] foomatic-configure -P [ -s spooler ] [ -n queuename ] [ -d driver ] [ -p printer ] [ --ppd ppdfile ] [ index ] foomatic-configure -X -p printer | -d driver | -p printer -d driver foomatic-configure -O foomatic-configure -h foomatic-configure --help DESCRIPTION
foomatic-configure is a program to set up and configure print queues for every known spooler (CUPS, LPRng, LPD, GNUlpr, PPR, PDQ. CPS, no spooler) and every valid printer/driver combo in the Foomatic database or every PPD file coming with PostScript printers. As RIP filter (Raster Image Processor, translation from PostScript to the native language of the printer) always foomatic-rip(1) will be used, except for PPD files of PostScript printers under CUPS or PPR, they will be used without RIP filter. It also comprises half of a programatic API for user tools: you can learn and control everything about the static properties of print queues here. With the sister program foomatic-printjob(1), you can do everything related to the print queue's dynamic state: submit jobs, and query, cancel, reorder, and redirect them. Options -n queuename Configure this print queue -N Name/Description Use this proper human-readable name/description -L Location Short phrase describing this printer's location -c connection Printer is connected thusly (ex file:/dev/lp0) -d driver Foomatic database name for desired printer driver -p printer Foomatic id for printer --ppd ppdfile PPD file, for example the one supplied by the manufacturer of a PostScript printer -s spooler Explicit spooler type (cups, lpd, lprng, pdq, ppr, direct) -o option=value Set the default of option to value -o option Turn on option by default -D Set this queue as the default queue (just give -n queuename) -R Remove this whole queue entirely (just give -n queuename) -C [ sourcespooler ] sourcequeue Copy sourcequeue from sourcespooler (or the current one if sourcespooler is not given) into the queue given by -n queuename (of the current spooler). -Q Query existing configuration (gives XML summary) -r List also remotely defined queues (CUPS only) -P [ index ] Get Perl dump of current configuration (as a Perl array named QUEUES, the first index is index, or zero if index is not given) -O Print XML Overview of all known printer/drivers (this shows also the Foomatic IDs of the printers) -X Print XML data for -p printer and/or -d driver object -q Run quietly Commands No commands, just options SEE ALSO
foomatic-printjob(1), foomatic-rip(1) EXIT STATUS
foomatic-configure returns 0 if no errors occurred. AUTHOR
Manfred Wassmann <manolo@NCC-1701.B.Shuttle.de> for the foomatic project using comments from the source. BUGS
foomatic-configure currently cannot handle printcap files in the lprng style. As lprng can use BSD style printcaps this is not much of a problem, as long as the GUI based print manager lprngtool is not used. The difference between those formats is, that BSD style requires continuation lines in printer definitions to be ended with a colon and the newline character to be escaped with a backslash. Lprng has no such restriction. To use a printcap file generated or edited with lprngtool with foomatic-configure it is necessary to add : to the end of all but the last line of every printer definition, just as shown below: #comment # primary printer name lp #alternate names |lp2|lp3 |Example of a printer :sd=/usr/spool/LPD/lp :rw:lp=/dev/lp:mx#100 : must be converted to: #comment # primary printer name lp |lp2|lp3 |Example of a printer :sd=/usr/spool/LPD/lp: :rw:lp=/dev/lp:mx#100: This manpage may be out of date. Foomatic Project 2002-01-06 FOOMATIC-CONFIGURE(1)

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