IPP> ANNOUNCEMENT: Common UNIX Printing System 1.1.2

IPP> ANNOUNCEMENT: Common UNIX Printing System 1.1.2

IPP> ANNOUNCEMENT: Common UNIX Printing System 1.1.2

Michael Sweet mike at easysw.com
Fri Aug 4 16:11:36 EDT 2000


The 1.1.2 release of the Common UNIX Printing System ("CUPS") is
now available for download from the CUPS web site at:

    http://www.cups.org

CUPS 1.1.2 fixes several small bugs as well as some build and
security issues that have been identified by CUPS users. 
Binaries for several platforms are available.

CUPS provides a portable printing layer for UNIX(r)-based
operating systems.  It has been developed by Easy Software
Products to promote a standard printing solution for all UNIX
vendors and users.  CUPS provides the System V and Berkeley
command-line interfaces.

CUPS uses the Internet Printing Protocol ("IPP") as the basis
for managing print jobs and queues.  The Line Printer Daemon
("LPD") Server Message Block ("SMB"), and AppSocket (a.k.a.
JetDirect) protocols are also supported with reduced
functionality.  CUPS adds network printer browsing and
PostScript Printer Description ("PPD") based printing options to
support real-world printing under UNIX.

CUPS also includes a customized version of GNU Ghostscript
(currently based off GNU Ghostscript 5.50) and an image file RIP
that are used to support non-PostScript printers.  Sample
drivers for HP and EPSON printers are included that use these
filters.

Drivers for over 2300 printers are provided with our ESP Print
Pro software, available at:

	http://www.easysw.com/printpro

CUPS is licensed under the GNU General Public License and GNU
Library General Public License.  Please contact Easy Software
Products for commercial support and "binary distribution"
rights.

Changes in v1.1.2 include:

	- Makefile/configure fixes
	- RPM spec file and EPM list file fixes
	- The cupsTempFile() function now uses a different
	  algorithm for generating temp files and "reserves"
	  them to avoid possible security exploitation.
	- Now use /dev/random (if available) to seed the random
	  number generator for certificates.
	- The /var/spool/cups and /var/spool/cups/tmp directories
	  were incorrectly owned by root; they are now owned by
	  the filter user, typically "lp".
	- The scheduler now resets the permissions on the spool
	  and temp directories as needed to match the filter
	  user.
	- Now expose ppdCollect() as an externally callable
	  function.
	- The image filters now support filtering from the
	  standard input.
	- The imagetoraster filter now collects all printer
	  options and job patch files and applies them to the
	  page header as needed.
	- Added format and banner options to LPD backend.
	- The send-document operation didn't start a job
	  immediately when last-document was true.
	- The set-job-attributes operation didn't correctly
	  replace the current job-hold-until value.
	- Removed the option wrapper code from ppdEmit() and
	  friends since it caused problems with Ghostscript
	  and many PS printers.
	- Was setting TZ environment variable twice for job
	  filters.
	- Added syslog logging in cups-lpd to aide in
	  debugging problems.
	- The HP-UX parallel port backend did not list the
	  available parallel ports on some systems (printf
	  calling problem...)
	- The lp and lpr commands overrode user options if
	  -d/-P were specified after -o.
	- The scheduler would crash with a */* filter.
	- Added support for a "default" filter for unknown file
	  types.  The example provided in the mime.types and
	  mime.convs file prints unknown files as if "-oraw" was
	  specified for the job.  This functionality is disabled
	  by default.
	- The "compatibility" mode fix for older backends did not
	  work for smbspool.  Added a workaround for it.
	- The HP-GL/2 filter didn't perform the right pen scaling
	  with some files and the "fitplot" option.
	- New Software Performance Specification document that
	  describes the memory, disk, and CPU usage of all the
	  CUPS software.

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______________________________________________________________________
Michael Sweet, Easy Software Products                  mike at easysw.com
Printing Software for UNIX                       http://www.easysw.com



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