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8.8. Printer Drivers

Mac OS X supports PostScript Printer Description (PPD) files for PostScript printers and its own driver format for non-PostScript printers. All these files go into the /Printer folders of the system-wide Library hierarchy, as described in Chapter 9.

Apple chooses to make the Local/System domain difference a little fuzzy with the printer drivers it includes with Mac OS X. Drivers for Apple-branded printers go into /System/Library/Printers, and other vendors' drivers go into the less-protected /Library/Printers directory—despite the fact that Apple's installer software puts both kinds of drivers into place, and that Apple itself hasn't sold printers in years.



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