Created April 25 2005

Minilpd and Miniraw
Windows Print Data Capture Tools



What is Minilpd and Miniraw?

Minilpd is an tiny Windows application that acts as a LPD (Line Printer Daemon).  It  will listen for and capture print data on the LPD port 515.
Miniraw is an tiny Windows application that acts as a Raw or streaming port.  It  will listen for and capture print data on the RAW port 9100


What could I use these tools for?
Your customer may be sending print data from Unix, Linux, Mainframe, AS/400, Windows etc
You may be required to see the print data before it gets to the printer
If the data is send via LPD (port 515) or RAW (port 9100) you can use these tools to capture the printer data


How do I use them?

Simply download the required tool, unzip it to it's own directory and execute it
Your computer is now listening for print data on port 515 or 9100
Take note of the IP of the computer you are running the tool on
Then simply configure your printing host to print to this IP on the required port
minilpd will capture a control file (ie CAPFIL1.CTL) and bin file (ie CAPFIL1.BIN)
miniraw will capture a single bin file with the following format (yymmddhhmmss.bin)
In both cases, the bin file is the printer data file you want


Where do I get them?
Get Minilpd here
Get Miniraw here


Thanks go to Rocco Lapadula of Canon Canada for writing these very cool tools
 


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