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Old 01-15-2002, 09:15 PM   #1
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printer wont stop printing!

I printed a bunch of crap a week ago while in linux. I got everything printed that I wanted. However, now every time I boot into linux my printer starts printing this stuff out again... I have to turn off my printer.

I know how to mess around with print jobs in windoze, but what do I do here in linux? I click on my printer icon and the window that comes up says State: Processing...

Well, I want it NOT Processing. Cant you just cancel a print job like in windoze?
Old 01-16-2002, 11:56 AM   #2
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hmmmm... well, I thought this would be answered quickly...

Thought it would be something extremely simple.
Old 01-16-2002, 01:05 PM   #3
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I am new to Linux but years ago I worked with Unix. I think you should go to the Console and type lpq. This will show your print jobs. Then type lprm and the job number. If only one job just type lprm.

I hope this helps.
Old 01-16-2002, 07:33 PM   #4
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seems fixed

well, after 5 minutes of flashing lights and alot of clunking, looks like my printing is now cancelled. I did the lprm job# suggested above. I

Old 08-01-2003, 12:35 PM   #5
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lpq doesn't work, lprm either.
I have: Couldn't connect to the server !
and the printer continues to print waising tones of ink... ... ...
Old 04-10-2005, 01:55 PM   #6
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linuxfond: Turn the printer off and keep it turned off until you fix the problem. You have to remove the job from the spool on your hard disk, and you don't need the printer to be on in order to do this.

I don't know how the printing is set up on Mandrake; do you use CUPS or lpq? Which user account are you running lpq and lprm as (tip: this should probably be the user you spooled the print job as or root)?

You could always delete the appropriate files from /var/spool/lpd/ or /var/spool/cups (tip: you're probably looking for postscript files, proably with .ps at the end of their name, and you can examine a file using gs filename). If you go down this route, you should restart the print spooler (or reboot your computer) to stop it from sending any cached data to the printer.


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