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command line - add new local printer port

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Keith G Hicks, Mar 11, 2010.

  1. Keith G Hicks

    Keith G Hicks Flightless Bird

    How do I do this?

    I need to set up some command line scripts to install printers for
    Ghostscript. I'm tired of doing it manually on every machine. For my needs I
    need a local port called "C:/Program Files\gs\output\tfile.ps" Please don't
    bother me with a bunch of "why"s. It's what I need for this.

    The following runs great if the port already exists.

    rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /if /f "C:/Program
    Files\gs\gs8.64\lib\ghostpdf.inf" /r "c:/Program Files\gs\output\tfile.ps"
    /m "Ghostscript PDF" /b "Ghostscript PS"

    But if not, then it generates an error. I need to know how to add a new
    local port. Can anyone help?

    I also need to know how to set the new printer so it prints directly to the
    printer. There's a radio button for this in the new printer wizard but no
    switch for it that I can see in rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry

    Thanks,

    Keith
     
  2. Greg Russell

    Greg Russell Flightless Bird

    "Keith G Hicks" <krh@comcast.net> wrote in message
    news:u4vLhyUwKHA.5940@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...

    ....
    > For my needs I need a local port called
    > "C:/Program Files\gs\output\tfile.ps" ...
    > How do I do this? ... I need to know how to add a new
    > local port. Can anyone help?


    You might check to see if the standard prnport.vbs meets your needs. Its
    usage is described at
    http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-10878_11-5030819.html and other
    places.

    Although it addresses a standard TCP/IP port, you seem clever enough to test
    its functionality with the file port you need.
     
  3. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Mar 11, 1:56 pm, "Keith G Hicks" <k...@comcast.net> wrote:
    > How do I do this?
    >
    > I need to set up some command line scripts to install printers for
    > Ghostscript. I'm tired of doing it manually on every machine. For my needs I
    > need a local port called "C:/Program Files\gs\output\tfile.ps"  Please don't
    > bother me with a bunch of "why"s. It's what I need for this.
    >
    > The following runs great if the port already exists.
    >
    > rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /if /f "C:/Program
    > Files\gs\gs8.64\lib\ghostpdf.inf" /r "c:/Program Files\gs\output\tfile.ps"
    > /m "Ghostscript PDF" /b "Ghostscript PS"
    >
    > But if not, then it generates an error. I need to know how to add a new
    > local port. Can anyone help?
    >
    > I also need to know how to set the new printer so it prints directly to the
    > printer. There's a radio button for this in the new printer wizard but no
    > switch for it that I can see in rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Keith


    What does the error message say when it fails to work as desired?
     
  4. Keith G Hicks

    Keith G Hicks Flightless Bird

    Doesn't seem to work. I tried several variations on that and dont' end up
    with a "local port" in the ports listing. The Prnport.vbs script requires an
    IP address.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb490975.aspx

    Also, for anyone that might be interested in this in the future,
    http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-10878_11-5030819.html oddly enough
    does not show all the switches for these functions. You're better off going
    to http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb490975.aspx or one of the
    other 5 related ones if you need good info on them.



    "Greg Russell" <grussell@invalid.com> wrote in message
    news:7vsujdF4clU1@mid.individual.net...
    > "Keith G Hicks" <krh@comcast.net> wrote in message
    > news:u4vLhyUwKHA.5940@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >
    > ...
    >> For my needs I need a local port called
    >> "C:/Program Files\gs\output\tfile.ps" ...
    >> How do I do this? ... I need to know how to add a new
    >> local port. Can anyone help?

    >
    > You might check to see if the standard prnport.vbs meets your needs. Its
    > usage is described at
    > http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-10878_11-5030819.html and other
    > places.
    >
    > Although it addresses a standard TCP/IP port, you seem clever enough to
    > test
    > its functionality with the file port you need.
    >
    >
     
  5. Keith G Hicks

    Keith G Hicks Flightless Bird

    "Operation could not be completed. The specified port is unknown."

    (and changing the printer to print directly wihtout spooling was solved with
    prncnfg.vbs)

    "Jose" <jose_ease@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:b980f111-7748-460c-8d35-800fa349e1bc@a18g2000yqc.googlegroups.com...
    On Mar 11, 1:56 pm, "Keith G Hicks" <k...@comcast.net> wrote:
    > How do I do this?
    >
    > I need to set up some command line scripts to install printers for
    > Ghostscript. I'm tired of doing it manually on every machine. For my needs
    > I
    > need a local port called "C:/Program Files\gs\output\tfile.ps" Please
    > don't
    > bother me with a bunch of "why"s. It's what I need for this.
    >
    > The following runs great if the port already exists.
    >
    > rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /if /f "C:/Program
    > Files\gs\gs8.64\lib\ghostpdf.inf" /r "c:/Program Files\gs\output\tfile.ps"
    > /m "Ghostscript PDF" /b "Ghostscript PS"
    >
    > But if not, then it generates an error. I need to know how to add a new
    > local port. Can anyone help?
    >
    > I also need to know how to set the new printer so it prints directly to
    > the
    > printer. There's a radio button for this in the new printer wizard but no
    > switch for it that I can see in rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Keith


    What does the error message say when it fails to work as desired?
     
  6. John John - MVP

    John John - MVP Flightless Bird

    I think that the drivers need to be signed. Right click My Computer and
    select Properties then click on the Hardware tab and then click on the
    Driver Signing button and see set to "Ignore".

    John


    Keith G Hicks wrote:
    > How do I do this?
    >
    > I need to set up some command line scripts to install printers for
    > Ghostscript. I'm tired of doing it manually on every machine. For my needs I
    > need a local port called "C:/Program Files\gs\output\tfile.ps" Please don't
    > bother me with a bunch of "why"s. It's what I need for this.
    >
    > The following runs great if the port already exists.
    >
    > rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /if /f "C:/Program
    > Files\gs\gs8.64\lib\ghostpdf.inf" /r "c:/Program Files\gs\output\tfile.ps"
    > /m "Ghostscript PDF" /b "Ghostscript PS"
    >
    > But if not, then it generates an error. I need to know how to add a new
    > local port. Can anyone help?
    >
    > I also need to know how to set the new printer so it prints directly to the
    > printer. There's a radio button for this in the new printer wizard but no
    > switch for it that I can see in rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Keith
    >
    >
     
  7. Greg Russell

    Greg Russell Flightless Bird

    "Keith G Hicks" <krh@comcast.net> wrote in message
    news:%23f4a5jVwKHA.5036@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...

    > Also, for anyone that might be interested in this in the future,
    > http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-10878_11-5030819.html oddly

    enough
    > does not show all the switches for these functions.


    .... as clearly (?) stated in the article, along with instructions for
    finding the XP system help that shows all possible switches for the "new
    command tools".

    It's unfortunate that it insists on a TCP/IP port, as a printer "port"
    should be any abstract that fits the need. That limitation is consistent
    with M$'s general failings however.

    Glad the prncnfg.vbs worked for part of the issue you're dealing with,
    though.
     
  8. Keith G Hicks

    Keith G Hicks Flightless Bird

    That gets rid of the problem where windows gets in there and asks if it's
    okay to install teh driver (which is okay by me) but it doesn't solve the
    port does not exist problem.

    "John John - MVP" <audetweld@nbnet.nb.ca> wrote in message
    news:uFrFLvVwKHA.3764@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >I think that the drivers need to be signed. Right click My Computer and
    >select Properties then click on the Hardware tab and then click on the
    >Driver Signing button and see set to "Ignore".
    >
    > John
    >
    >
    > Keith G Hicks wrote:
    >> How do I do this?
    >>
    >> I need to set up some command line scripts to install printers for
    >> Ghostscript. I'm tired of doing it manually on every machine. For my
    >> needs I need a local port called "C:/Program Files\gs\output\tfile.ps"
    >> Please don't bother me with a bunch of "why"s. It's what I need for this.
    >>
    >> The following runs great if the port already exists.
    >>
    >> rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /if /f "C:/Program
    >> Files\gs\gs8.64\lib\ghostpdf.inf" /r "c:/Program
    >> Files\gs\output\tfile.ps" /m "Ghostscript PDF" /b "Ghostscript PS"
    >>
    >> But if not, then it generates an error. I need to know how to add a new
    >> local port. Can anyone help?
    >>
    >> I also need to know how to set the new printer so it prints directly to
    >> the printer. There's a radio button for this in the new printer wizard
    >> but no switch for it that I can see in rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >>
    >> Keith
     
  9. John John - MVP

    John John - MVP Flightless Bird

    Add the port to the registry.

    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Ports" /v
    "C:/Program Files\gs\output\tfile.ps" /t reg_sz

    You have to restart the spooler service for changes to apply:

    net stop spooler
    net start spooler

    John


    Keith G Hicks wrote:
    > That gets rid of the problem where windows gets in there and asks if it's
    > okay to install teh driver (which is okay by me) but it doesn't solve the
    > port does not exist problem.
    >
    > "John John - MVP" <audetweld@nbnet.nb.ca> wrote in message
    > news:uFrFLvVwKHA.3764@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >> I think that the drivers need to be signed. Right click My Computer and
    >> select Properties then click on the Hardware tab and then click on the
    >> Driver Signing button and see set to "Ignore".
    >>
    >> John
    >>
    >>
    >> Keith G Hicks wrote:
    >>> How do I do this?
    >>>
    >>> I need to set up some command line scripts to install printers for
    >>> Ghostscript. I'm tired of doing it manually on every machine. For my
    >>> needs I need a local port called "C:/Program Files\gs\output\tfile.ps"
    >>> Please don't bother me with a bunch of "why"s. It's what I need for this.
    >>>
    >>> The following runs great if the port already exists.
    >>>
    >>> rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /if /f "C:/Program
    >>> Files\gs\gs8.64\lib\ghostpdf.inf" /r "c:/Program
    >>> Files\gs\output\tfile.ps" /m "Ghostscript PDF" /b "Ghostscript PS"
    >>>
    >>> But if not, then it generates an error. I need to know how to add a new
    >>> local port. Can anyone help?
    >>>
    >>> I also need to know how to set the new printer so it prints directly to
    >>> the printer. There's a radio button for this in the new printer wizard
    >>> but no switch for it that I can see in rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry
    >>>
    >>> Thanks,
    >>>
    >>> Keith

    >
    >
     
  10. Keith G Hicks

    Keith G Hicks Flightless Bird

    That couldn't have been much simpler! Thank you.


    "John John - MVP" <audetweld@nbnot.nb.ca> wrote in message
    news:%23wUHNKYwKHA.5036@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > Add the port to the registry.
    >
    > reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Ports" /v
    > "C:/Program Files\gs\output\tfile.ps" /t reg_sz
    >
    > You have to restart the spooler service for changes to apply:
    >
    > net stop spooler
    > net start spooler
    >
    > John
    >
    >
    > Keith G Hicks wrote:
    >> That gets rid of the problem where windows gets in there and asks if it's
    >> okay to install teh driver (which is okay by me) but it doesn't solve the
    >> port does not exist problem.
    >>
    >> "John John - MVP" <audetweld@nbnet.nb.ca> wrote in message
    >> news:uFrFLvVwKHA.3764@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>> I think that the drivers need to be signed. Right click My Computer and
    >>> select Properties then click on the Hardware tab and then click on the
    >>> Driver Signing button and see set to "Ignore".
    >>>
    >>> John
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> Keith G Hicks wrote:
    >>>> How do I do this?
    >>>>
    >>>> I need to set up some command line scripts to install printers for
    >>>> Ghostscript. I'm tired of doing it manually on every machine. For my
    >>>> needs I need a local port called "C:/Program Files\gs\output\tfile.ps"
    >>>> Please don't bother me with a bunch of "why"s. It's what I need for
    >>>> this.
    >>>>
    >>>> The following runs great if the port already exists.
    >>>>
    >>>> rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /if /f "C:/Program
    >>>> Files\gs\gs8.64\lib\ghostpdf.inf" /r "c:/Program
    >>>> Files\gs\output\tfile.ps" /m "Ghostscript PDF" /b "Ghostscript PS"
    >>>>
    >>>> But if not, then it generates an error. I need to know how to add a new
    >>>> local port. Can anyone help?
    >>>>
    >>>> I also need to know how to set the new printer so it prints directly to
    >>>> the printer. There's a radio button for this in the new printer wizard
    >>>> but no switch for it that I can see in rundll32
    >>>> printui.dll,PrintUIEntry
    >>>>
    >>>> Thanks,
    >>>>
    >>>> Keith

    >>
     
  11. John John - MVP

    John John - MVP Flightless Bird

    You're welcome.


    Keith G Hicks wrote:
    > That couldn't have been much simpler! Thank you.
    >
    >
    > "John John - MVP" <audetweld@nbnot.nb.ca> wrote in message
    > news:%23wUHNKYwKHA.5036@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >> Add the port to the registry.
    >>
    >> reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Ports" /v
    >> "C:/Program Files\gs\output\tfile.ps" /t reg_sz
    >>
    >> You have to restart the spooler service for changes to apply:
    >>
    >> net stop spooler
    >> net start spooler
    >>
    >> John
    >>
    >>
    >> Keith G Hicks wrote:
    >>> That gets rid of the problem where windows gets in there and asks if it's
    >>> okay to install teh driver (which is okay by me) but it doesn't solve the
    >>> port does not exist problem.
    >>>
    >>> "John John - MVP" <audetweld@nbnet.nb.ca> wrote in message
    >>> news:uFrFLvVwKHA.3764@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>>> I think that the drivers need to be signed. Right click My Computer and
    >>>> select Properties then click on the Hardware tab and then click on the
    >>>> Driver Signing button and see set to "Ignore".
    >>>>
    >>>> John
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> Keith G Hicks wrote:
    >>>>> How do I do this?
    >>>>>
    >>>>> I need to set up some command line scripts to install printers for
    >>>>> Ghostscript. I'm tired of doing it manually on every machine. For my
    >>>>> needs I need a local port called "C:/Program Files\gs\output\tfile.ps"
    >>>>> Please don't bother me with a bunch of "why"s. It's what I need for
    >>>>> this.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> The following runs great if the port already exists.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /if /f "C:/Program
    >>>>> Files\gs\gs8.64\lib\ghostpdf.inf" /r "c:/Program
    >>>>> Files\gs\output\tfile.ps" /m "Ghostscript PDF" /b "Ghostscript PS"
    >>>>>
    >>>>> But if not, then it generates an error. I need to know how to add a new
    >>>>> local port. Can anyone help?
    >>>>>
    >>>>> I also need to know how to set the new printer so it prints directly to
    >>>>> the printer. There's a radio button for this in the new printer wizard
    >>>>> but no switch for it that I can see in rundll32
    >>>>> printui.dll,PrintUIEntry
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Thanks,
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Keith

    >
     

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