spadmin, fax machines, etc. is this still useful ?

Caolán McNamara caolanm at
Fri Mar 14 05:40:46 PDT 2014

On Fri, 2014-03-14 at 12:31 +0100, Alex Thurgood wrote:
> The fact that spadmin could be used to add Type1 PS fonts, which are no
> longer supported, if I understand correctly, has also been, and
> continues to be, an issue that crops up on the user list (and possibly
> also in BZ) for some people.

Have you a link to an example because type 1 fonts "just work", there
was no removal of support for those. The "add fonts" ability of spadmin
was removed in 2012 and prior to that was only visible if your system
didn't support fontconfig which is a practically impossible situation
for many years now so I'd like to understand that comment a little more.

> This could previously be set up in a PPD and included via spadmin,
> including on Mac OSX. 

I'm a little baffled, spadmin on MacOSX ?, what version included spadmin
on MacOSX ? We certainly don't do it now.

If there are cases where fiddling with the ppd manually and adding that
via spadmin worked, would not the same solution work by using the system
tools to set the replacement ppd for the printer ? e.g. using
system-config-printer under Fedora and "provide PPD file"


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