I am using using cups + pnm2ppa via cupsomatic to print to a HP 710C from a FreeBSD 4.6 system. After a bit of fiddiling and such, I got it to work to a point. It printed out the CUPS test page from the web interface, but took forever to do it. Running top I saw that gs was taking around 20% cpu time and pnm2ppa was taking 40% cpu time. The test page took minutes to print out. I was wondering if anyone has ever had a similar issue or might have some suggestions on how to work this out. Without a doubt there are still configuration issues, but I cant imagine what would cause this to happen.
first, use pnm2ppa-1.11. (pnm2ppa-1.10 can leak
To make sure this problem is nothing new., compare with
pnm2ppa-1.04, which is over 2years old and very
stable (pnm2ppa-1.1x is supposed to have better printing quality).
This IS host-based processing, and may well choke an
old 386 or perhaps a 486 machine, but taking minutes for a test page
to print is really unexpected.. Test the thing out
without cups: use a script from the sample-scripts directory
to print directly to /dev/lp0 or whatever it is on *bsd
bypassing the CUPS system, to see if the slowness
is intrinsic to pnm2ppa on your machine.