eCUPS

Version: 
2.1.3
Release date: 
Thursday, 21 December, 2017

License:

Interface:

Authors/Port authors:

The eCUPS project is intended to create a seamless integration of CUPS into OS/2 base Operating Systems, to substitute the old and obsolete IBM original printing support.

CUPS is the standards-based, open source printing system developed by Apple Inc. for macOS® and other UNIX®-like operating systems. CUPS uses the Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) to support printing to local and network printers.

This software is distributed in two modes:
  • as compressed package that you have to download and manually install; if prerequisites are required, you will have to manually install them too;
  • as RPM package; you can install it using your favorite rpm package manager, that will take care to download and install both the software and its prerequisites.
Choose the installation mode that you prefer. Please note that not all the versions are available in both the installation modes.

Installation with rpm

This program is installable using the rpm package manager. See below for the install string. Required prerequisites are automatically processed by the package manager and, if needed, downloaded and installed.

cups-2.1.3-10.oc00 (21/12/2017)
Repository: Netlabs stable
What's new: * - add ETC to the env, as otherwise tcpip32.dll doesn't find any dns names fixed a regression of the /socket/cups.sock change in 2.1.3-8
cups-client-2.1.3-10.oc00 (21/12/2017)
Repository: Netlabs stable
What's new: * - add ETC to the env, as otherwise tcpip32.dll doesn't find any dns names fixed a regression of the /socket/cups.sock change in 2.1.3-8
cups-ipptool-2.1.3-10.oc00 (21/12/2017)
Repository: Netlabs stable
What's new: * - add ETC to the env, as otherwise tcpip32.dll doesn't find any dns names fixed a regression of the /socket/cups.sock change in 2.1.3-8
cups-libs-2.1.3-10.oc00 (21/12/2017)
Repository: Netlabs stable
What's new: * - add ETC to the env, as otherwise tcpip32.dll doesn't find any dns names fixed a regression of the /socket/cups.sock change in 2.1.3-8
cups-lpd-2.1.3-10.oc00 (21/12/2017)
Repository: Netlabs stable
What's new: * - add ETC to the env, as otherwise tcpip32.dll doesn't find any dns names fixed a regression of the /socket/cups.sock change in 2.1.3-8
cups-debuginfo-2.1.3-10.oc00 (21/12/2017)
Repository: Netlabs stable
What's new: * - add ETC to the env, as otherwise tcpip32.dll doesn't find any dns names fixed a regression of the /socket/cups.sock change in 2.1.3-8
cups-devel-2.1.3-10.oc00 (21/12/2017)
Repository: Netlabs stable (note: development files, not needed by the end user)
What's new: * - add ETC to the env, as otherwise tcpip32.dll doesn't find any dns names fixed a regression of the /socket/cups.sock change in 2.1.3-8
cups-drivers-magicolor5430dl-1.8.1-1.oc00 (21/12/2017)
Repository: Netlabs stable
  • install with ANPM or running the command:
    yum install cups-drivers-magicolor5430dl
Cups driver for KONICA MINOLTA magcolor 5430 DL What's new: * - first version
cups-drivers-magicolor5430dl-debuginfo-1.8.1-1.oc00 (21/12/2017)
Repository: Netlabs stable
  • install with ANPM or running the command:
    yum install cups-drivers-magicolor5430dl-debuginfo
Cups driver for KONICA MINOLTA magcolor 5430 DL What's new: * - first version
cups-filters-1.13.3-2.oc00 (22/08/2017)
Repository: Netlabs stable
OpenPrinting CUPS filters and backends What's new: * - fix ghostscript execution (gs can't work with \, so provide / only) fix a path issue with pdftops from poppler
cups-filters-devel-1.13.3-2.oc00 (22/08/2017)
Repository: Netlabs stable (note: development files, not needed by the end user)
OpenPrinting CUPS filters and backends What's new: * - fix ghostscript execution (gs can't work with \, so provide / only) fix a path issue with pdftops from poppler
cups-filters-libs-1.13.3-2.oc00 (22/08/2017)
Repository: Netlabs stable
OpenPrinting CUPS filters and backends What's new: * - fix ghostscript execution (gs can't work with \, so provide / only) fix a path issue with pdftops from poppler
splix-2.0.0-1.oc00 (12/02/2017)
Repository: Netlabs stable
for use with some Samsung and Xerox printers
gutenprint-5.2.11-3.oc00 (13/05/2016)
Repository: Netlabs stable
Ghostscript driver for Gutenprint

Manual installation

Self-installing WarpIN package. See below for download link(s).

CUPS and Gutenprint/Splix need to be extracted into the root directory of the SAME drive - some Gutenprint/Splix files need to be installed into the CUPS directories.
Please see the wiki HowTo at: http://trac.netlabs.org/ecups/wiki/HowTo for more. Also there is a procedure for using Ghostscript as a printer driver for seamless printing. This is useful for printers which are supported by Ghostscript, but not by either OS/2 itself or other CUPS-based drivers; apparently, a lot of Japanese-market Epson printers fall into this category.

You can install the prerequisites with rpm running the following string in a command line:

yum install emxrt libc libcx libgcc1 libssp libstdc++6 libstdc++ libsupc++6 libsupc++ libgcc-fwd ghostscript bc libusb splix gutenprint

Online documentation:

Following ones are the download links for manual installation:

CUPS Base (4/3/2016)
 ftp.netlabs.org/pub/ecups/install/cups-base-2_1_0.wpi
GNU Bc (4/3/2016)
 ftp.netlabs.org/pub/ecups/install/gnubc-106.wpi
Gutenprint (4/3/2016, Paul Smedley (Smedles))
 ftp.netlabs.org/pub/ecups/install/gutenprint-5_2_10.wpi
HP-LIP v. 3.15.11 (4/3/2016, Paul Smedley (Smedles))
 ftp.netlabs.org/pub/ecups/install/hplip-3_15_11.wpi
ECUPS.DRV (14/1/2014)
 ftp.netlabs.org/pub/ecups/install/ecups-pdr-20090324.wpi
LIBUSB (14/1/2014)
 ftp.netlabs.org/pub/ecups/install/libusbdll10.wpi
SpliX v. 2.0.0 (4/2/2013, Paul Smedley (Smedles))
 ftp.netlabs.org/pub/ecups/install/splix-2_0_0.wpi
ECUPS-HP.DRV (8/7/2011)
 ftp.netlabs.org/pub/ecups/install/ecupshp-pdr-20100304.wpi
foo2x (20/6/2010, Paul Smedley (Smedles))
 ftp.netlabs.org/pub/ecups/install/foo2qpdl-20100620.wpi
CUPS Wizard v. 1.1 (, Alex Taylor) Readme/What's new
CUPSWIZ - CUPS printer-creation wizard Version 1.1 This program is simple graphical front-end for creating CUPS-based printers under OS/2. Without this program, creating a CUPS printer under OS/2 is something of a headache. First, you need to go into the CUPS web GUI and go through its (often agonizingly slow) creation wizard. Then you need to make sure support for your printer has been imported into the OS/2 CUPS printer driver (which may require you to manually prep and then import a PPD file yourself). Then you have to create a new OS/2 CUPS port and point it to the CUPS queue you created earlier. Finally, you have to create an actual OS/2 printer object for your applications to print to. This may be fine for a few expert users, but the average person just wants to create a printer quickly and simply. This program attempts to automate most of these steps. The basic idea is that you select your printer make/model from the list of those supported (which will depend on your installed CUPS setup), or import a special CUPS PPD file which defines your printer, indicate how the printer is connected (whether via USB or one of a number of types of network connection), give it a name and description, and the program does the rest. Some of the highlights: - When you create the printer, both the CUPS printer queue and a corresponding OS/2 printer object are created; the CUPS port linking the two is also created and configured automatically. (You can also opt to only create the CUPS queue if you wish.) - You can also select an existing CUPS printer queue (locally or on a remote server), in which case a corresponding OS/2 printer object will be created for it. - The appropriate model in the OS/2 PM printer driver (ECUPS.DRV or ECUPS-HP.DRV) is automatically identified and installed in the new OS/2 printer object. If an exact match is not found (and no PPD is available - see next point) you will offered a list of similar models, or allowed to select generic support. - When installing a printer which is not currently defined in the OS/2 printer driver, if a PPD exists for the new printer it will be imported automatically. (If not, you will be prompted as above.) As this program is still under development, it is not yet as smooth as it could be. See the 'Limitations & Known Problems' section below for more. REQUIREMENTS CUPS (that is, a full, functioning CUPS server) must be installed and running, either on the same computer or a remote server on your network. At least one of the following CUPS-compatible OS/2 printer presentation ("PrinterPak") drivers must be installed: - ECUPS.DRV (eCups driver for Gutenprint and other filter packages) - ECUPS-HP.DRV (eCups driver for HPLIP) - PSPRINT.DRV (Enhanced OS/2 Postscript driver replacement) CUPS.PDR (the eCups port driver) must be installed. In addition, it should have a bldlevel of 1.03 (February 2011) or later. (With earlier versions, you will be required to restart the WPS after creating a printer.) This also requires CUPSLPR.EXE to be installed on your PATH (preferably in the \TCPIP\BIN directory). (If you installed CUPS on your system from WarpIN packages, all of the above requirements should be fulfilled.) Other required files (all included out of the box with eComStation; other versions of OS/2 may or may not have them installed): - VROBJ.DLL (VX-REXX standard runtime; must be in the LIBPATH) - GZIP.EXE (GNU gzip; must be on the PATH) INSTALLATION 1. Place CUPSWIZ.EXE into a suitable directory. 2. Place CUPSPORT.EXE and PRNTOBJ.EXE either in the same directory as CUPSWIZ.EXE, or else in a directory on the PATH. USAGE cupswiz [ <path-to-cups> | /R ] Where <path-to-cups> is the location of the top-level directory in which CUPS is installed on your system (if you are using a local CUPS server). This can be omitted if CUPSWIZ.EXE resides on the same drive as CUPS, or if OS2.INI defines the CUPS path in the key "eCups" -> "CUPS". If CUPS cannot be located, a warning popup will be displayed and the program will proceed as though the /R option was used. The /R option indicates that a WPS printer object is to be created for an already-existing printer queue on a remote CUPS server. In this case, CUPS does not need to be installed locally, but you will need to provide a CUPS- specific PPD file for the printer in question. Only one of the above parameters can be specified. You may wish to create a program object which calls CUPSWIZ.EXE with the appropriate parameter. LIMITATIONS & KNOWN PROBLEMS - There is no way to go 'back' in the wizard; if you need to go back and change a previous selection, you must cancel and start over. - The program has only been tested with Gutenprint, HPLIP, and native Postscript printers with imported PPDs. Other drivers packages such as SpliX or foo2qpdl may work but this is not guaranteed. - If your %TMP% directory has spaces in the pathname, the program will almost certainly fail to work properly. The same applies to your %LOGFILES% directory. - The CUPS printer is always created with default job options. If you want to change them, you will have to do so from the CUPS administration GUI. - Password-protected local CUPS queues are not supported. (Network printers connected with LPD, IPP or SMB should work, however.) - There may well be undiscovered bugs; please report any you find. Contact: Alex Taylor (alex at altsan dot org)
 www.altsan.org/os2/printing/ecups/cupswiz_118.zip
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