Printing from cell phone via bubba

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andreasn
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Joined: 29 Jun 2011, 18:55

Printing from cell phone via bubba

Post by andreasn » 30 Jun 2011, 13:50

Found a cool hack to print files like pdf's, images and text files from a Android cellphone using Dropbox, and thought it might be possible to do that without passing the data through the Dropbox servers and just do on my local network instead. :)

The initial guide is here http://www.labnol.org/software/print-fi ... nux/17841/

* I use my Bubba as a print server, so that's taken care of already.
* On my Android I installed the file manager called File Expert, since it had good support for sftp.
* I created a folder in my home/andreasn directory called PrintQueue and logged in with the ftp app on the phone.
* I had some some issues with getting lpr running, but it turned out lp worked well too once I set my printer as the default with lpoptions.
* Finally I set up a cron job to run the script below once every minute.

#!/usr/bin/env bash

PrintQueue="/home/andreasn/PrintQueue"

cd "$PrintQueue"
for file in *; do
lp "./$file"
rm "./$file"
done

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