IPP Mail Archive: IPP> ANNOUNCEMENT: Common UNIX Printing System 1.0 Beta 8

IPP Mail Archive: IPP> ANNOUNCEMENT: Common UNIX Printing System 1.0 Beta 8

IPP> ANNOUNCEMENT: Common UNIX Printing System 1.0 Beta 8

Michael Sweet (mike@easysw.com)
Tue, 31 Aug 1999 11:12:14 -0400

The 8th beta release of the Common UNIX Printing System ("CUPS")
is now available for download from the CUPS web site at:


Binaries for several platforms are also available!

The Common UNIX Printing System provides a portable printing
layer for UNIX=AE 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 (IETF-IPP) as the basis
for managing print jobs and queues. The Line Printer Daemon
(LPD, RFC1179), Server Message Block (SMB), and AppSocket
protocols are also supported with reduced functionality.

CUPS adds network printer browsing and PostScript Printer
Description ("PPD")-based printing options to support real world
applications under UNIX.

CUPS also includes a customized version of GNU GhostScript
(currently based off GNU GhostScript 4.03) and an image file RIP
that can be used to support non-PostScript printers.

Sample drivers are provided for HP DeskJet and LaserJet
printers. Drivers for over 1500 printers are available in our
ESP Print software.

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

Changes since the last release include:

- Fixed a bug in the HTTP chunking code - was missing
the trailing CR LF after the data block.
- The configure script didn't define the MV macro (mv
- The Linux and HP-UX setlocale() functions appears to
be broken, so we now use getenv("LANG") under UNIX.=20
Specifically, if you specify LC_ALL for the category
it returns a string containing all of the locale
definitions instead of the primary language, which
also overwrites the internal static buffer and causes
programs to randomly crash.
- httpGets() treated ECONNRESET as a permanent fatal
error, but Linux apparently doesn't think it is a
permanent condition.
- The scheduler was sending a language name of "C" by
default on most systems instead of "en". This could
confuse some browsers.
- The image file RIP was not performing yellow density
correction when generating CMYK raster data.
- Fixed problems in the RPM spec file.

Michael Sweet, Easy Software Products mike@easysw.com
Printing Software for UNIX http://www.easysw.com
"I do software development for Linux; where's my sledgehammer?"