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RogerLampert



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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2005 3:23 am    Post subject: Printing to a network Reply with quote

Fro a long time, we have used stand-alone printers and we sometimes use some small programs to send control codes to these printers. I am now being networked. How do you open an output stream to a network printer?

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PaulLaidler
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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2005 6:30 am    Post subject: Printing to a network Reply with quote

You could start at the URL http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dnwinpro02/html/w9p0102.asp

Basically you need to find a way to bypass the Windows spooler.
One way is to make a call to the Windows API function CreateFile but I cannot remember where to find the "file name" to use for a given printer.

If you can find the appropriate name, there is just the chance that you may be able to print to the "file" using standard Fortran but this is a long shot.
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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2005 3:38 am    Post subject: Printing to a network Reply with quote

I have tried the following code

OPEN(8,FILE="ipp://<printer details go here>")
WRITE(8,*) "Hello World"
CLOSE(Cool
END

I used the "file name" ipp://... obtained from the "Printers and Faxes" dialog under Properties and Ports.

This does not work but it appears to be close because a relevant failure message is reported.
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