R – DOS based printing through ASP.NET


Well my situation is like this:

I am generating a report as a text file at the server which needs to be printed using DOS mode on a dot matrix printer. I want to avoid Windows printing because it would be too slow. Is there a way in ASP.NET through which I can carry out DOS based printing as it is best suited for Dot matrix printers. I have scoured the net but could not come across any solution or pointers. Does any body have any pointers/solutions which they might have implemented or stumbled across.

This application is a Web based application.


Best Solution

If I understand you right, one option is to execute a batch file that would do the actual printing from ASP.NET. From here: (Obviously, you can omit some of the code writing the output to the page)

// Get the full file path
string strFilePath = “c:\\temp\\test.bat”;

// Create the ProcessInfo object
System.Diagnostics.ProcessStartInfo psi = new System.Diagnostics.ProcessStartInfo("cmd.exe");
psi.UseShellExecute = false; 
psi.RedirectStandardOutput = true;
psi.RedirectStandardInput = true;
psi.RedirectStandardError = true;
psi.WorkingDirectory = “c:\\temp\\“;

// Start the process
System.Diagnostics.Process proc = System.Diagnostics.Process.Start(psi);

// Open the batch file for reading
System.IO.StreamReader strm = System.IO.File.OpenText(strFilePath); 

// Attach the output for reading
System.IO.StreamReader sOut = proc.StandardOutput;

// Attach the in for writing
System.IO.StreamWriter sIn = proc.StandardInput;

// Write each line of the batch file to standard input
while(strm.Peek() != -1)


// Exit CMD.EXE
string stEchoFmt = "# {0} run successfully. Exiting";

sIn.WriteLine(String.Format(stEchoFmt, strFilePath));

// Close the process

// Read the sOut to a string.
string results = sOut.ReadToEnd().Trim();

// Close the io Streams;

// Write out the results.
string fmtStdOut = "<font face=courier size=0>{0}</font>";
this.Response.Write(String.Format(fmtStdOut,results.Replace(System.Environment.NewLine, "<br>")));
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