Printers :: HELP!  Printer settings not retained!

Every time I get the printer set up, it somehow manages to fail sometime later, and I have NO IDEA why.  It seems that there's just one little thing that I keep missing, and I have no idea what it is.

I have no difficulty printing the test page, but I can't seem to print anything else.  The DSL menu -> System -> Printer/lpd -> start procedure and the "export PRINTER=lp" command aren't enough to fix things.

The contents of the env command do show PRINTER=lp

The contents of my .filetool.lst file (relevant to printing) are:

The contents of opt/printcap are:
# APS1_BEGIN:printer1
# - don't delete start label for apsfilter printer1
# - no other printer defines between BEGIN and END LABEL
# APS1_END - don't delete this

HELP!  What's the one critical thing I'm missing?  Could someone PLEASE list everything I need to check when things aren't printing?

The directory /ramdisk/var/spool/lpd has no files.  I'm thinking that this has something to do with my problem.  But what?  What should be in this directory, and how do I get the appropriate content in?

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