|How to print on an Appletalk printer
via Linux and how to serve that printer in a Mac network.
|I will first focus on how
to 'see' the printer on the linux machine.
You will need a bridge. I use one manufactured by Dayna. One
has to connect the Appletalk printer to the bridge via a localtalk
cable. The other end of the bridge is connected via an ethernetcable
to the network (I use a hub). The hub is connected to my linuxbox
working as the printserver. This is the hardware part.
On the software side on the linux box, one needs to install
the netatalk package. For more information see:
For general things, I advise you to read both documents.
When the netatalk package is installed and working one should
'see' the printer on the Appletalk network. One has to type
the command nbplkup and then one should see all connected
printers on the Appletalk network.
One sees Lasertje:Laserwriter, this is the printer. The Linuxprinter
is an entry which I created on the Linuxbox to act as printserver
for the Laserwriter (it is a virtual printer so to say). More
on that later.
To actually make the printer visible for the linux computer
with CUPS, one has to use the pap script to convert text into
pdf which is then sent to the printer. One needs the right
PPD-file (Postscript Printer Description file) for the printer.
One can download ppd files in mac format here:
Nowadays is the pap script part of CUPS (I introduced it).
when you use an old version of CUPS one can download the script
On my linux box I copied the script to /usr/lib/cups/backend/
, made it executable and restarted CUPS. One can now add the
printer with the CUPS GUI (http://localhost:631). The printer
should be recognized automatically and after choosing the
right driver the configuration is complete. On how to use
this CUPS printer in a network of *nixes I recommend you to
read CUPS documentation. With my other linux box running Mandrake
9.1 PPC I can automatically find this printer.
To serve this printer in a Windows network I recommend you
to read the Samba homepage, I don't have experience with that.
To serve the printer in a Macintosh network is in principle
possible without the need to have the linux box serve the
printer. I use the linux box to serve the printer. One has
to then do the following.
Add the following lines in the /etc/atalk/papd.conf file:
Linuxprinter:\ (the name
as it will have to show up in the Appletalk network)
:pd=/usr/share/cups/model/apple/aplw3201.ppd (the path
to the PPD file)
Restart the appletalk service on the linux box. Now the 'Linuxprinter'
should show up in the "Chooser" in Classic MacOS
or with the printer utiliy under MacOS X.