shell command to identify wireless printer

Peter Brigham MD pmbrig at gmail.com
Tue Oct 12 07:45:48 EDT 2010


I can probably get this to work, since my handler already relies on  
asking the user once for the USB printer identification then storing  
it so the user never has to be asked again. If I can identify the  
wireless network I can associate a printer with it, store that  
printername, and then proceed.

However, I don't understand much at all about command-line stuff. I ran
put shell("/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Apple80211.framework/ 
Versions/Current/Resources/airport-I")
and I get an error. What command should I use to operate on this  
filepath? And what's the "-I" at the end? It's not part of the filename.

-- Peter

Peter M. Brigham
pmbrig at gmail.com
http://home.comcast.net/~pmbrig


On Oct 9, 2010, at 12:24 AM, Mike Bonner wrote:

> Can you come at it from a different direction?  Can you check  
> current SSID
> against a printer list to select which printer you want? Assuming  
> you always
> go to the same set of networks, this should have a similar affect  
> yes?  Set
> it up once, save the printer name, next time you need to print check  
> the
> current ssid and select the appropriate printer name.
>
> YOu can get the current ssid with the following command line.
>
> /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Apple80211.framework/Versions/ 
> Current/Resources/airport
> -I
>
> MOre info than you need, but easy to parse.
>
> On Fri, Oct 8, 2010 at 9:51 PM, Peter Brigham MD <pmbrig at gmail.com>  
> wrote:
>
>> The printername gives the name of the printer currently selected in  
>> the
>> print dialog, ie, the default printer. On my MacBook, this will be  
>> the last
>> printer used. But that will not necessarily be the name of the  
>> currently
>> connected printer, if I have changed venues. I'm trying to find a  
>> way to
>> discover the name of the printer that is currently connected to the  
>> Mac. I
>> can do this with a rather complex handler I cobbled together if the  
>> the
>> printer is plugged in via USB, but I'm struggling to find a way of  
>> getting
>> the name of a printer that is currently connected wirelessly over  
>> an Airport
>> router. It turns out that neither lpstat nor lpq seem to do this.
>>
>> Any further ideas? Anyone?
>>
>> -- Peter
>>
>> Peter M. Brigham
>> pmbrig at gmail.com
>> http://home.comcast.net/~pmbrig <http://home.comcast.net/%7Epmbrig>
>>
>>
>>
>> On Oct 8, 2010, at 5:00 PM, J. Landman Gay wrote:
>>
>> On 10/8/10 12:30 PM, Peter Brigham MD wrote:
>>>
>>>> The availablePrinters shows the list of printers you have named  
>>>> and have
>>>> drivers for -- it's what appears in the print dialog list, from  
>>>> which
>>>> you choose the printer you want to use. I want to know  
>>>> automatically
>>>> which printer my laptop is connected to at the moment so I can  
>>>> bypass
>>>> the print dialog entirely and send all printing to that printer.
>>>>
>>>
>>> Isn't that "the printername"?
>>>
>>> --
>>> Jacqueline Landman Gay         |     jacque at hyperactivesw.com
>>> HyperActive Software           |     http://www.hyperactivesw.com
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