SUMMARY:Printing to Tektronics color printers

From: G. Dimitoglou (
Date: Tue Jul 29 1997 - 12:57:13 CDT

Sorry for the delayed summary but was too busy ...setting up the

The original question:

I am trying to setup a color Tektronics printer from SPARCstation
5/Solaris 2.5.1. The printer is remote and has its own IP address,. In
my current environment, I do not have an /etc/printcap file for the rest
of my printers. The way I have been setting up HP printers is with the
JetAdmin utility. Others, with the follwoing sequence:
# lpsystem -t bsd -R 1 <printername>
# lpadmin - <printername> -s <printername>!PS -I postscript
# /etc/init.d/lp startorlpshut
# /etc/init.d/lp startor/usr/lib/lpsched
# enable <printername>
# accept <printername>

Unfortunately I am unsuccesful with the Tektronics.

Any help will be appreciated and of course I will summarize.


I used Ning Lu' solution and it worked like a charm.

Special thanks to lingxiu@cc.UManitoba.CA for his help and efforts. I
think that his solution though was valid only for versions earlier than
2.5. Thanks again!


>From lingxiu@cc.UManitoba.CA Wed Jul 16 13:02:16 1997
Before I reinstalled one color Tektronix Phaser 300i printer on Solaris 2.4/2.3 machine.
The procedure is:
     1. #lpadmin -p <printername> -i /usr/lib/lp/model/vialpd -v /dev/null -I postscript
     2. As root, use admintool to start the printer.
where /usr/lib/lp/model/vialpd is printer drive.

>From Wed Jul 16 13:20:52 1997

Have you tried "admintool"?

Mark Hargrave, Sr. Unix Systems Manager
Lockheed Martin Michoud Space Systems
New Orleans, LA

>From Wed Jul 16 14:10:14 1997

For Tektronix Phaser 340 color printers, you need to obtain Solaris_apps_model.tar
from Tektronix ftp site. Then excute as root:

tar xvf Solaris_apps_model.tar
tar xvf phaser.sun5
check to make sure /usr/bin/asprint.sun5 and /usr/spool/lp/model/tektcp.sun5
are installed.

to set up the printer spool, run:
lpadmin -p <printername> -v /dev/null -i /usr/spool/lp/model/tektcp.sun5
-I any
enable <printername>
accept <printername>

Other models of printers should follow similiar procedures.

Ning Lu
Unix System Administration Group
>From lingxiu@cc.UManitoba.CA Wed Jul 16 15:06:39 1997
The company calls vialpd the model file. Sorry for unclear message.

I got this from David Haight (davidh8@pogo.WV.TEK.COM) working in
Tektronix company more in December, 1995. I attached an e-mail from
David to you. You can get one tar file which create the
/usr/lib/lp/model/vialpd and also /usr/local/bin/lpdsend. But I should
mention is that the vialpd file created by this tar file has an error
(The sign of PS is wrong). The corrected one I used is attached this
e-mail too. All these is for Solaris 2.4/2.3.

If you have any problem with using them in Solaris 2.5.1, you can try
the ftp site, ( in the directory of
cpid/unix/unix/300/utilities to find suitable drivers.

If you need other further information, please e-mail me.

Good Luck!

>From Thu Jul 17 06:41:06 1997

There is a known problem using the Tektronix Phaser Card and
Solaris workstations. When I called Tektronix about the problem
they indicated that I need to pull down a patch from their ftp site.
This patch is simply a single script and an interface file. Also
included in the distribution is README file which indicates how to
install the patch and printers. You can obtain the patch tar file from
the Tektronix FTP site "". The file you need to download is:


Since I have put this patch in place I have not had any problems.

George Dimitoglou (SAC)

SOHO ESA/NASA Project Scientist Team
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Bldg. 26, G-1, Code 682.3
Greenbelt, MD 20771

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