It is very likely that your plotter has an on-board memory or
disk buffer, which is large enough to hold your entire plot
A plot file will be visible in the output from lpstat only
it is waiting to be transmitted to the plotter or in the
of being transmitted. A modern plotter will tell the host
that the plot is "finished" as soon as it has succefully
the entire file into its buffer so that the host computer can
begin sending the next file while the plotter is still drawing
the first. Once the plotter tells the host that the plot is
"finished", lpstat forgets about that plot file. The transfer
to a disk or memory buffer is very fast, so that to see it with
lpstat, you have to run the lpstat command very soon after the
plot_cfg script displays the message that it is done.
If you really needed to check this out and to see the plot file
with lpstat, try turning the plotter off before submitting the
plot from CATIA. That way the plot file will sit on the host
computer waiting to be transmitted to the plotter, and it will
be visible with lpstat at least until you turn the plotter back
You need to enable the lpd server only on a computer, which is
intended to act as a print server: that is, a computer which
will accept plot/print files from other computers and put them
in its own queue to be transmitted to the plotter.
You said that catplot reported that it was successful. Are
you getting your plots? If not, has catplot produced a
$HOME/CATPLOT.out file and a $HOME/catout.- file? The
$HOME/catout.- file is the file that needs to be sent to the
plotter. What happens if you run the command
"lpr -hPqueuename catout.-"? [You need to replace "queuename"
with your plotter's actual queue name and put the actual file
extension on "catout.-" in place of the "-", for example
"catout.gl" or "catout.ps".]
Author: Leonard E.