71.3 Printer CUPS Admin


CUPS provides a convenient command line to administer printers. We can identify available printers with:

$ lpinfo -v
network dnssd://Brother%20HL-3040CN%20series._pdl-datastream._tcp.local/
network socket://
network lpd://BRN001BA9236DC1/BINARY_P1

List installed printers and the device URI.

$ lpstat -v

Here’s an example using a socket:

$ lpadmin -p lp1 -v socket:// -E

Another example for a LPD (Line Printer Daemon) print server:

$ lpadmin -p lp2 -v lpd://printhost/lp1nd -E

To add information about the Location and a Description of the printer:

$ lpadmin -p lp3 -L "Level 2 South" -D "HP LaserJet 4"

To specify a PPD for the printer:

$ lpadmin -p lp4 -P /usr/share/ppd/Brother/brother_hl3040cn_printer_en.ppd
$ lpadmin -p lp5 -P LEXC750.PPD

The PPD file is copied into /etc/cups/ppd/lp5.ppd, for example.

Printer options (for a printer with a corresponding PPD in /etc/cups/ppd/ can be viewed with:

$ lpoptions -p lp1 -l

Options can then be set with:

$ lpoptions -p lp7 -o PageSize=A4
$ lpoptions -p lp1 -o PageSize=A4

These options are placed in /etc/cups/lpoptions. The same options can be set using the web interface. The web interface is indeed somewhat easier to use, and it modifies the PPD file directly (e.g., /etc/cups/ppd/lp1.ppd) rather than using the /etc/cups/lpoptions file!

Printer options can also be accessed directly from the command line when printing, if the printer’s PPD supports the option. For example, the HP LaserJet 4050 driver (from hp-ppd) supports n-up printing and watermarks:

  $ lp -o HPNup=TwoUpL sample.pdf
  $ lp -o HPwmText=Draft odbcmine.pdf

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