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    Ron Heilig New Member

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    This is just so silly, and I am almost embarrassed to ask. . . I'm in a place where they use Linux computers, and they bought a printer which isn't really supported very well for Linux. Having the hardest time finding the driver, but I found out that the best solution is to extract a .ppd file from an installation on a Mac computer, and Linux has a way of making full use of that .ppd.

    So. . . if anyone has the time and would be so kind. . . it might be a small thing for you, but I've spent most of today trying other approaches. . . if someone could temporarily "install" the following printer via this .dmg file onto their mac computer. . . and then find out where the .ppd file ends up being placed on your computer. . . and then finding a way to email that .ppd file to me. . . it would be so greatly appreciated! Thanks, Ron

    Here is the link for the .dmg file (which is useless to me although the .ppd file I need is hidden in it somewhere):

    http://support.ricoh.com/bb/pub_e/dr_ut_e/0001306/0001306415/V102/r81676L15.dmg
     
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    Lufbrarunner New Member

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    Why can you not download the file yourself?
     
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    I can definitely download the .dmg file from the link I sent. But that .dmg files is some kind of Mac-based zip-archived directory for printer installation that contains compressed files and folders, among which is a .ppd file, which is the only item I need. That .ppd ends up getting installed on a Mac computer when the .dmg is used to intall the printer. I'm sure there is some other technical way I could find to extract the .ppd myself, but I have no idea how to! Thanks for replying
     
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    Lufbrarunner New Member

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    My concern is you are a complete stranger asking someone to download a file and run it on their computer, risky in my opinion.
     
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    Hadn't thought of it that way, but I'm sure that makes it look sketchy on my part. But for whatever it's worth, the reason I'm a "stranger" is that this is a Mac forum and I am really not a Mac User -- just someone who needs some help from someone who is a Mac User.

    Also, for whatever it's worth, someone able to help would not have to follow my link. They could alternately go the the trusted ricoh-usa.com website, then go to "Support and Downloads", then search for my model, specifiying "c261", then selecting my printer "SP c261SFNw", then going to the section for, say, "Mac OS X 10.10", and then following the link for the .ppd driver.

    (You can see why I just wanted to give people a simple link. : )

    Also, it might help you understand this issue if you read this brief article about the dilemma Linux users sometimes may face:

    http://www.openprinting.org/driver/Postscript-Ricoh/

    This is where I learned about this solution. It worked great with my previous printer. However, the .ppd file for the new one is not yet on their list -- so I thought I'd seek if a Mac guru could help! And then I will even upload the .ppd file (if it works for me) on the OpenPrinting website for others to use!

    Hope that explains. I appreciate your taking the time to voice even your apprehension -- you didn't even have to do that. Regards, Ron
     
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    Thanks for the explanation, let me have your email, in a PM and I will get the files to you.
     
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