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LPT(4) DragonFly Kernel Interfaces Manual LPT(4)
lpt -- generic printer device driver
device ppc0 at isa? port IO_LPT1 irq 7
device ppc1 at isa? port IO_LPT2 irq 7
device ppc2 at isa? port IO_LPT3 irq 7
For BIOS-probed ports:
device ppc0 at isa? port? irq 7
For polled ports:
device ppc0 at isa? port?
device ppc1 at isa? port IO_LPT2
For DMA capable parallel port:
device ppc0 at isa? port? irq 7 drq 1
The current lpt driver is the port of the original lpt driver to the
One purpose of this port was to allow parallel port sharing with other
parallel devices. Secondly, inb(/, outb) calls have been replaced by
ppbus function calls. lpt is now arch-independent thanks to the ppbus
interface. See ppbus(4) for more info about the ppbus system.
The parallel port bus is allocated by lpt when the printer device is
opened and released only when the transfer is completed: either when the
device is closed or when the entire buffer is sent in interrupt driven
The driver can be configured to be either interrupt-driven, or to poll
the printer. Ports that are configured to be interrupt-driven can be
switched to polled mode by using the lptcontrol(8) command.
Depending on your hardware, extended capabilities may be configured with
the lptcontrol(8) command. With an ECP/ISA port, you can take advantage
of FIFO and DMA.
In order to retrieve printer info from /dev/lpt0, just apply the cat com-
mand to the device. If the printer supports IEEE1284 nibble mode and has
data to send to the host, you'll get it.
/dev/lpt0 first parallel port driver
This driver replaces the functionality of the lpa driver, which is now
There are lots of them, especially in cheap parallel port implementa-
It is only possible to open a lpt port when a printer is connected and
on-line, making it impossible to run lptcontrol(8) when there is no
This driver could still stand a rewrite.
DragonFly 3.5 February 14, 1999 DragonFly 3.5