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systems. While some of the information may be applicable to any OS,
or any Unix or Linux OS, it may be specific to SCO Xenix, Open
Desktop or Openserver.
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The "lpadmin" command can add or modify printers without using a graphical or command line tool
This assumes you are using Cups (Linux) or SCO Unix, Solaris or another Unix that uses System V style printing.
For Cups, use "-E" in the original command - you don't need to "enable" and "accept" commands.
lpadmin -p printer1 -v /dev/lp -m HPLaserJet accept printer1 enable printer1 lpadmin -d printer1
adds a new printer named "printer1" which prints to the parallel port and uses the "HPLaserJet" model. "lpadmin -d" makes it the default printer.
lpadmin -x printer1
removes the printer "printer1".
There are other options to lpadmin; see the man page.
Xenix printers can be transferred with a script like this (which assumes that the Xenix hierarchy is located under "/xenixsys"):
cd /xenixsys/usr/spool/lp/member for i in * do # make sure we aren't overwriting an existing model if test -r /usr/spool/lp/model/$i then echo "Model $i already exists" else cp ../interface/$i /usr/spool/lp/model lpadmin -p $i -v `cat $i` -m $i accept $i enable $i fi done
If you modify interfaces or devices of existing printers with lpadmin, you will have to do "lpshut;/usr/lib/lpsched" to see the effects.
Here's a good page on adding a Centos printer: CentOS 6 lpadmin generic postscript printer addition. Interesting syntax:
For Jetdirect/RAW print servers lpadmin -p printer_name -m drv:///sample.drv/generic.ppd -v socket://your_print_server:9100 -D "Your printer description" -L "Your printer location" -o printer-error-policy=retry-job -o printer-is-shared=false -E The new part is "drv:///sample.drv/generic.ppd" as the model instead of "postscript.ppd.gz" or similar from the past. This seems to trigger a ppd file build from the script/file of "/usr/share/cups/drv/sample.drv" as part of the cups package.
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