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Old 01-12-2005, 12:36 PM   #1
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Cancel printing jobs

I have tried all the graphical utilities but non of them seem to be able to cancel printer jobs. Is there any other way to do that? Perhaps I can do it from the console?
Old 01-12-2005, 12:44 PM   #2
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I have never been able to get a printer to really cancel a printer job well. On about the 6 or 7 printers I have used in my life, selecting "cancel print" in any os seems to make the printer wait at least until the current page is done printing . . . which annoys me . . . and further that some (including my new hp) doesn't even listen to me.
Old 01-12-2005, 02:48 PM   #3
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From the command line, use lprm -
If you are using CUPS, graphically, open your browser and enter
There, you will find the way to remove any one or all jobs.
Old 01-12-2005, 04:07 PM   #4
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I do it this way

This works in KDE running on Mandrake. You may need to adapt it.

Create the following file and save it as in your home directory:

echo Type lpq to see printer jobs in queue
echo To cancel one job type:
echo lprm number
echo To cancel several jobs type:
echo lprm number number ....
echo OR
echo cancel -a

Make it executable.
Create a "link to application" on your desktop. Make the command line:

konsole -e /home/<your name/

In permissions, check "is executable"

Now when you double click the icon it will open 2 console sessions. One with the instructions, the other with a prompt. Note that to cancel a job created on another computer you will need to log inas root on the second console. Clumsy but it works.


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