rastertopcl creating very large (> 2 GB) files

Michael Sweet mike at easysw.com
Sat Jul 24 14:24:14 PDT 2004

Anonymous wrote:
> rastertopcl seems to have begun attempting to create large (> 2 GB)
> temporary (/var/spool/cups/tmp) print files.  This causes the print
> job to fail because CUPS doesn't understand large files.  This
> doesn't seem to have been the case before ESP printpro 4.4.1, but I'm
> not sure.

First, this isn't the right group for Print Pro questions; either
use printpro.general or the ESP support pages at:


Second, rastertopcl doesn't create temp files, but the RIP and
in some cases the backend may do so.

> Basically, this happens when I attempt to print image files to a HP
> Designjet 5000 (42 inch paper roll width) with a media=custom.WxH
> where the H is greater than about 54 inches and W is 40 inches.  It
> used to be possible to print poster of more than 8x4 foot dimensions.
> Unfortunately, I don't have a good indication of when this happened,
> perhaps with a change to CUPS 1.1.20 from 1.1.19 or an upgrade to
> printpro 4.4.1 (not sure from what version).
> I've modified CUPS to allow the creation and spooling to the printer
> of > 2 GB files, but the printer can't handle such large files
> anyway, so that doesn't help.  Is there some sort of compression on
> the PJL/HPGL2 files that used to happen but no longer does?

Nope, nothing has changed in the '5000 driver.  What type of
connection are you using to the printer ("lpstat -v" will show)?

Michael Sweet, Easy Software Products           mike at easysw dot com
Printing Software for UNIX                       http://www.easysw.com

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