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Old 10-28-2010, 11:11 AM   #1
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Spool Files in Cups Server


I'm trying to setup a print server in Fedora 13. I've made it using CUPS and when I send something to print from a Windows PC it goes ok.
My main concern is to know where is the spool file stored when a file is sent to print.
I've seen in many forums that it is stored in /var/spools/cups. What I only see here is a file name c000XXX with some information about the printing job. I'm using hold print for this printer and before printing out anything I can't find the spool.
I've tried cups-pdf and it stores a pdf file in a route but this is not enough for me.
I need to know where the spool data is stored in order to know from who is the job being send.

Can anyone please help me.
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When you use a CUPS printserver the job is queued on the originating system until it succeeds on the printserver. In fact if you submit more than one job on originating system you won't even see any information about the 2nd job (or jobs after it) until the 1st one has printed. That is to say it doesn't queue them up on the printserver like you'd expect but instead leaves them queued up on the originating server. You'll only see info about 1 job at a time from the originating system on the printserver.

If your originating server uses cups its /var/spool/cups will have the queued jobs that are pending going to a separate cups printserver.

Note if you do a "strings" on the c file you see in /var/spool/cups you can make more sense out of the information it contains. Doing a "cat" isn't useful.


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