How can I print Microsoft Office files on Athena?
You can use StarOffice to open up, view, and print many Microsoft
Office files (including Microsoft Word and Powerpoint files.). To run
Star Office, type at an Athena prompt:
Or from the menu bar, go to Editing/Publishing -> Desktop Publishing -> Star Office
add soffice; soffice &
In some instances, though, the printer may actually generate an error message asking you to load A4 paper. In this case, you should cancel your print job by typing one of the following (as appropriate):
After cancelling the print job, you can then reconfigure StarOffice as stated above.
athena% lprm -
athena% lprm -Pprintername -
How can I print double sided on Athena?
To print double sided on Athena, do the following:
If the program you're using has a print command option, you should set it to
Where printername is the printer you want to print to. To get a list of printers, type at an athena% prompt:
"2x2" in this case specifies that each paper should have two rows and two columns of pages. For more information on options to psnup, you can type at an athena% prompt
psnup -n2x2 | /usr/athena/bin/lpr -Pprintername2
man psnupHowever, this doesn't work with all programs, and not all programs allow you to specify a print command. For those programs, you should print to a file, and then follow the instructions listed at: http://web.mit.edu/answers/printing/printing_multiple_pages.html
How can I print to Athena printers using my Windows machine?
To print to Athena printers from Windows, you will need a piece of
software called KLP. KLP is available on the MIT software site at http://web.mit.edu/software/.
Instructions to install and configure KLP can be found at http://web.mit.edu/is/help/klp/. In the process of configuring the printing settings, you will need to know the name and model of the printer you wish to print to. The printer in most Athena clusters is the HP Laserjet 8150DN. The name of the printer can be found on the printer itself, or by typing "cview printers" at the athena% prompt.
The drivers built into Windows for this model are sufficient for standard printing, For more advanced options, such as printing double-sided, you will need to download the appropriate PS (postscript) HP printer drivers from the HP web site at http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DriverDownload.jsp?pnameOID=21691&locale=en_US&taskId=135&prodTypeId=18972&prodSeriesId=27718&submit.y=10&submit.x=5&cc=us#Microsoft%20Windows%202000.
Note that printing to a printer named printername2 (and not simply printername) will not work with KLP. Instead, you must download the HP driver as mentioned above.
How can I print to Athena printers using my Macintosh?
You can use a program called KLPR, available from the MIT software
site at http://web.mit.edu/software/mac.html.
It currently only works on MacOS 8.5 and later, and only has limited functionality in classic mode on MacOSX.
Instructions for installing and configuring KLPR can be found at http://web.mit.edu/is/help/klpr/klpr-2.1.3.html.
How can I print multiple copies of a file on Athena?
Printing multiple copies of a file is against the Athena rules of use,
and has been disabled on the printers to allow for greater printer
life. To obtain multiple copies of a document, you can visit CopyTech
to make copies. More information on their hours, locations, and
services can be found at http://web.mit.edu/ctc/www
How can I print to Athena from my non-Athena Linux/Unix machine?
The answer depends on whether the printer in question requires
Kerberos authentication. For example, all cluster printers require it
and most dorm printers don't require it. The instructions to do so on
a Debian system can be found at http://www.mit.edu/afs/sipb/project/debian-athena/www/#printing.
On another systems, you will have to compile lprng with support for
kerberos 5, and then follow the rest of the instructions listed in the