Information about the Printer Working Group (PWG)

Information about the Printer Working Group (PWG)

Information about the Printer Working Group (PWG)

JK Martin jkm at
Fri Aug 30 14:05:00 EDT 1996


Attached are some instructions and general information about the PWG
mailing list and ftp services.

Briefly, you can subscribe to the PWG mailing list by sending an email
message to "majordomo at", where the message body is a single
line containg the string "pwg".  Note that the subject line is ignored.

By the way, just so you know, the "Printer Working Group" (PWG) is an
industry association that addresses standards within the printer industry.
At times, when appropriate, the PWG will petition the IETF to form a
"working group" for a specific initiative, such as the creation or update
of an RFC.  As such, an "IETF printer working group" is different than
the PWG, although many (if not most) of the IETF working group participants
are also PWG participants.


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Date: Mon, 22 Jul 1996 17:49:19 -0400
From: Jeff Schnitzer <jds at>
MIME-Version: 1.0
To: pwg at
Subject: PWG Mailing List and FTP Server have moved to Underscore
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PWG Mailing List and FTP Server have moved to Underscore


  Underscore is pleased to bring you the new Printer Working Group
  Internet server.  We are currently providing Mail List and FTP services.
  Instructions for using the various services are described in the
  sections below.

  Your subscription to the old PMI list has been converted over to the new
  list, so there is nothing you must do to automatically receive messages
  posted to the new list.  Hewlett-Packard (maintainers of the old PMI
  mailing list and FTP services) has agreed to automatically redirect any
  mail received for the old PMI mailing list to the new PWG mailing list.

  As of this date, please post messages to the PWG mailing list using this
  email address:

        pwg at    (mailto:pwg at

  Please begin using this new mailing list address immediately.

Mailing List Services

  To post a message to the PWG mailing list, address the message to:

        pwg at    (mailto:pwg at

  To send an administrative request to the mailing list (where the types
  of requests are documented below), address the message to:

        majordomo at    (mailto:majordomo at

  Archives of the mailing list are retained in the directory:


  The archives are updated on a monthly basis.  You can retrieve the archive
  for the current month using the Majordomo "get" command as described below.  
  When the Web server becomes available, you will also be able to browse a 
  threaded Hypermail mail archive.

  Mailing list services are managed using Brent Chapman's "Majordomo", version
  1.93.  Following is an extract from the standard Majordomo help file; in the
  text below, substitute the "<list>" keyword with "pwg" to reference the PWG
  mailing list:

  In the description below items contained in []'s are optional. When
  providing the item, do not include the []'s around it.

  It understands the following commands:

  subscribe <list> [<address>]
      Subscribe yourself (or <address> if specified) to the named <list>.

  unsubscribe <list> [<address>]
      Unsubscribe yourself (or <address> if specified) from the named <list>.

  get <list> <filename>
      Get a file related to <list>.

  index <list>
      Return an index of files you can "get" for <list>.

  which [<address>]
      Find out which lists you (or <address> if specified) are on.

  who <list>
      Find out who is on the named <list>.

  info <list>
      Retrieve the general introductory information for the named <list>.

      Show the lists served by this Majordomo server.

      Retrieve this message.

      Stop processing commands (useful if your mailer adds a signature).

  Commands should be sent in the body of the mail message.

  Commands in the "Subject:" line NOT processed.

  If you have any questions or encounter problems with the PWG mailing list,
  please send a message to:

        majordomo-owner at     (mailto:majordomo-owner at

  The "info pwg" command currently returns the following information:

  pwg - Printer Working Group (PWG)

        This is the primary mailing list for the Printer Working Group
        industry standards committee.

        The PWG is an ad-hoc industry standards committee addressing the
        needs of the network printer community of vendors and users.

        The PWG FTP archives are located at:  FTP://

        Work on a PWG World Wide Web site is under way.

        The PWG has developed the following standards:

            -  IETF Printer MIB (RFC-1759), available at

            -  DMTF DMI Printer MIF, available at

            -  IEEE 1284.1 (TIPSI, the Transport Independent Printer
               System interface).  IEEE 1284 committee archives are
               located at FTP://

        Other PWG efforts, such as the SENSE project and the Job MIB,
        are currently in progress; additional information on these PWG
        projects will be posted as available.

FTP Services

  Files maintained by the PWG are located at:


  Anyone may access the PWG FTP services using the standard "anonymous" login
  name; please be sure to enter your electronic mail address when prompted for
  a password.  Note that using the login name "anonymous" will only allow you
  to fetch (download) files.

  To install (upload) files you must use the login name of "pwg" and specify
  the proper password.  Note that the "pwg" ftp login account currently has
  the same password as the "snmpmib" account as it existed on the former PWG
  FTP server.  Unlike the former FTP server, however, you do not have to enter
  any special commands to change protections (modes) for newly created files;
  the FTP server will automatically ensure that all files created are
  protected for world read access with the proper ownership rights.

  If you need the "pwg" account password to upload files, send an
  email message to this address:

        webmaster at

  FTP services are managed using Washington University's FTP server,
  version 2.4.

  The Printer Working Group archives are in FTP://

  The "snmpmib" tree (as it existed on the former PWG FTP server) has
  been replicated in its entirety with no reorganization; this tree,
  however, is expected to be reorganized in the future, with many files
  being moved into appropriate archive areas.  Notices announcing the
  file tree reorganization will be posted to the PWG mailing list.

  When you connect to the PWG FTP server the following banner message is
  displayed; note that the service also handles Underscore corporate FTP,
  hence the dual address in the banner:

    230-  --
    230-    Welcome, pwg !
    230-    You connected from <your-host> at <date> <time>
    230-    and have connection <n> of the 25 concurrent connections allowed.
    230-    Transactions are logged; if this is a problem, disconnect now.
    230-    Anonymous FTP users may find Printer Working Group files under
    230-    the directory /pub/pwg/snmpmib/
    230-    This ftp server is brought to you by:
    230-        Underscore, Inc.              voice: +1 603 889 7000
    230-        41-C Sagamore Park Rd.        fax:   +1 603 889 2600
    230-        Hudson, NH  03051-4915        email: info at
    230-        USA
    230-Current directory = /pub/pwg
    230-User pwg logged in.  Access restrictions apply.

  Depending on the FTP client software you use, you may or may not see the
  "230-" prefix on each of the above lines.

Web Services

  As of this writing, the PWG Home Page is not quite complete, but is
  expected to be available sometime in August 1996 at this location:


  Messages will be posted to the PWG mailing list when these services
  have been completed.

Should You Have Problems or Questions

  Please direct all questions, comments, suggestions or complaints to:

        Email:  webmaster at   (mailto:webmaster at
        Phone:  +1 603 889 7000     (ask for the "PWG Webmaster")

  In case you're curious, the mail/ftp/web server is a Sun SPARCstation 2
  running Solaris 2.5 with a T1 connection to the Internet.

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Jeffrey D. Schnitzer      |   jds at 
Underscore, Inc.          |   ..uunet!!uscore!jds
41-C Sagamore Park Rd     |   Voice:  (603) 889-7000
Hudson, NH  03051-4915    |     Fax:  (603) 889-2699

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