[opensource] Wireless Printing

Brian Swaney swaneybr at opensource.osu.edu
Wed Mar 17 17:35:58 EDT 2010

I could tell you now that Popup.pkg is for what is known as the Pharos 
Popups Client, which is the (service) component that asks for 
information such as a username, password, and a description to display 
in the printer's corresponding release station. I would have expected 
that to be downloaded when you run the installer, rather than bundled 
within. That's how the Windows version works anyway. The username is 
anything you want it to display as, and the password is what you enter 
in addition to scanning your BuckID when you try to print. Find a screen 
clipping of what the popup thingy supposed to do attached. Incidentally, 
Blink's anti-malware component doesn't like it very much 
<http://tinyurl.com/yfbo93c>, but even after a boot-time deletion Pharos 
printing seems to work.

Matt, would you mind sharing what you've found so far? I have not yet 
heard anything from Uniprint. One more note about the binaries: they 
actually download all the drivers from a repository at 
http://uniprint.osu.edu/printman/osuprintmap/wireless/ to %WinDir%\TEMP\ 
at least in the Windows installer. I've never run the Mac version so I 
wouldn't know.

Brian Swaney
Open Source Club at
Ohio State University
Website Administrator

Matt Meinwald wrote:
> Actually I looked a bit further down the page and found packages for 
> specific printers which provide more useful information.  Those .dmgs 
> contain Some_Location.app/Contents/Resources/script, which shows the 
> ip addresses of the printers.  The ones that work just seem to be 
> standard LPR printers, as is the case in the page Brian linked to.  So 
> this is definitely possible, it just involves extracting all those ip 
> addresses.
> Paul Betts wrote:
>> Sounds like someone wants to bust open objdump and gdb and start
>> disassembling :)
>> On Wed, Mar 17, 2010 at 11:56 AM, Matt Meinwald <meinwald.1 at osu.edu> 
>> wrote:
>>> The .dmg contains a directory called Popup.pkg which contains a lot of
>>> files, including Contents/Resources/InstallPopup which seems to be 
>>> the main
>>> installer. This is actually a binary. I have run strings on it, but 
>>> do not
>>> see anything helpful there. If someone is sufficiently motivated, 
>>> perhaps
>>> they could figure out more, but it looks like the best option is 
>>> just to
>>> wait and hope we get the settings. If anyone wants to take a look at 
>>> the
>>> contents of the dmg and does not know how, I can repackage it as a 
>>> tarball.
>>> Paul Betts wrote:
>>>> Is the Mac installer really a *binary*? if it's a .pkg file inside 
>>>> of a
>>>> .dmg image, you could just crack it open and read what it does, 
>>>> it's just a
>>>> list of files to install and a Perl post-flight installer script
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