KB#00117-Opening a /dev/lpt printer alias may return an error or the print job disappears
Opening a /dev/lpt printer alias may return an error or the print job disappears
Using the following type of printer alias may result in an error 12 under some versions of DOS and Windows NT:
alias LP /dev/lpt1 "my printer" CR...
Under all Windows versions except Windows 3.x and 95, unexpected behavior can occur if the ALIAS contains /dev/. Unexpected behavior can include, but is not limited to:
print job disappears
part of print job print and then it disappears
uncontrollable formatting of fonts if job does print at all.
Changing the alias line to reference just the captured lpt port instead of /dev/lpt should solve the problem. Here's an example:
alias LP lpt1 "my printer" CR...
For information regarding capturing a LPT port, please see KB00358.
Last Modified: 02/10/2004 Product: PRO/5 Operating System: MS Dos, Windows NTError Number: 12
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