Soft printer on serial port


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Stephane Gagnon

I am looking for an application (on PC) able of interpreting text messages (ASCII) sent on the serial port of a PC and to record them in a text file. In made, I want to replace the matrix alarms printer by a software tool. I know that OSI PI System can offer this type of tool, but I'm looking for more cheaper solution.

Does anybody know this type of product?


Curt Wuollet

Does it have to reside on the same PC? If not, you can do this with many terminal emulators or a fairly simple program or even a shell script. Kermit, for example, can be started with logging enabled and will write all data received to a file. I typically use a small C program so I can filter out all the garbage and format the data.



Michael Griffin

I don't know what you mean by "interpret", but most terminal emulators can capture files and write them to disk.

If that doesn't do what you want, writing a simple serial capture program is rather easy. You won't get much cheaper than that.