parallel port access?

Grant Edwards grante at
Thu Dec 7 12:18:06 EST 2000

In article <udhf4gk079.fsf at>, Jochen Küpper wrote:
>>>>>> Suchandra Thapa wrote on Thu, 07 Dec 2000 08:26:19 GMT:
>Suchandra> The parallel port and serial port controls are really
>Suchandra> platform specific.  Windows has a standard serial interface
>Suchandra> but for the parallel interface, windows 98 allows direct
>Suchandra> access but nt requires a kernel driver.  Unix systems
>Suchandra> probably have there own oddities ranging from non-pc
>Suchandra> machines which may not have a parallel or serial port to
>Suchandra> whatever access mechanisms linux/*BSD/HURD have.  The task
>Suchandra> would probably come fairly close to writing a new driver
>Suchandra> for each platform.
>Well, on many unices there is the common idea of a printer beeing a

It could be that the questioner doesnt care about printers, and
just wants to mess with the parallel port in order to
manipulate some non-printer HW connected to it.  But I just

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