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Old 02-24-2013, 10:43 PM   #1
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Learning to pring with CUPS?

I installed a printer and now am looking to learn about CUPS and using it to print. I am new to printing so I have questions like what is a class and intances. I just want to get a basic understanding about what these things are and how to use them. Does anyone know of a tutorial that would be informative and easy to follow to get the basics?

Old 02-25-2013, 12:30 AM   #2
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I typed cups tutorial in my DuckDuckGo search bar and found this:
I don't know about Google but DuckDuckGo is definitely your friend.

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Also, you can enter this url into your browser:
and read the documentation you already have.
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To get things done in CUPS, you need to open a web browser, and enter: "http (COLON) //localhost (COLON) 631/" (without quotes, and with actual colons and no spaces) to bring up the control panel. You can add new printers, remove old ones, start/stop print jobs, print out test pages to see if your configuration(s) are right.

There are a couple of command line app associated with CUPS as well: lp and lpr. Use "man lp(r)" for more details. This comes in handy if you already have the document in a form (usually *.ps) that's printer ready. Some apps don't print, but will output a *.ps file that you can print with lpr.

CUPS can be added to the services that start when you boot, or you can always manually start it with: "/etc/init.d/cups restart" from a command line. (Though it's a good idea just to start it from the get-go.)
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You need to go through the admin processes of setting up the printer. Through the cups web-ish interface.



Assuming the lo device is setup and other admin stuff. Otherwise it's pretty easy to use. If you plan on going old school with command line printing, be sure to install cups-bsd to have the lp / lpr command(s).

Additions: plus have the user in the lp and lpadmin groups

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