mtinkd - daemon to control your EPSON printer
[-dev device_file] [-name model]
[-usbbase pattern_device_file] [-nodaemaon]
[-model model_name] [-debug] [[start] | [stop] | [status]]
This manual page documents briefly the mtinkd
This manual page was written for the Debian GNU/Linux distribution because the
original program does not have a manual page.
is a status monitor for EPSON ink jet printer
It permits one to watch the remaining ink while printing.
As it keeps /dev/lp* open, you have to change your printing parameter to link
the printer to /var/run/mtink/printer
These programs follow the usual GNU command line syntax, with long options
starting with two dashes (`-'). A summary of options is included below.
Options for mtinkd
This option is mandatory and is also used in
order to get the status or to stop a running server. Device file is the name
of the character device on which the printer is attached (/dev/lp0,
This option is for test purpose, without this
option mtink start in the background.
If the printer don't return it identity you
may tell which printer is attached. The name is derived from the official name
and space characters are to be replaced by the "_" character. This
will be the case for the Stylus Scan 2500 (model name is Scan_2500).
This option may also be useful for multifunction device as the Stylus Photo 895
under Linux. If the printer is powered off and then on, the usb kernel will
not detect the printer properly and mtinkd must be at least stopped and
The name of the named pipe will be set
according to this name. If the -model option is not given, mtinkd will
terminate if the identification returned don't comply with passed name.
This option requires a special system call
which is only implemented into newer kernels.
The -type name option is required !
path and device file base may be /usr/usblp or /usr/usb/lp. All device files
matching whith the passed name will be scanned for the wanted printer, the
device file will then be used later.
If the kernel don't support the special call, scanning will fail and if the -dev
device_file option was given, the given device file name will then be
The server will be started. start may be
An running server will be stopped.
This allow to ask if a server is
This manual page was written by Sylvain Le Gall<firstname.lastname@example.org> for the
Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others). Permission is granted to
copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Lesser
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production of this manpage.
Sylvain Le Gall
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