CUPS stands for Common Unix Printing System, is an open source printing system allowing computer to become a print server and manage the printers on the network.

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Landscape Printing in Linux

I'm having trouble printing in landscape mode in a Gentoo (AMD64) installation. The setup: CUPS-1.7.5 CUPS-Filters-1.0.54 ghostscript-gpl-9.14 proprietary brother drivers Printer: Brother DCP ...
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How to disable CUPS spooling and print directly?

On my machine runs cups. I have setup a few printers which are provided by a printserver (VPSX). When I print a few jobs they are stored in the local (CUPS) printspooler and only one job is sent. The ...
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Printing PDF with not embedded TrueType Font (cups / lpr)

I have a PDF in which the TrueType font OCRB is used, however the font is not embedded. So I tried to install the font on my system (which is by the way a SLES11 SP2), I did the following things: ...
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Installing HP DeskJet 3520 in CUPS

I am trying to install this printer into CUPS under Debian 6. The printer is automatically detected correctly and then I have a list of drivers to choose from. There is no driver for the 3520 - so I ...
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Can I use a parallel port as a CUPS input device?

I have an old piece of a hardware that does diagnostics on medical equipment. It prints out results over a parallel port. Is there any way to have CUPS accept jobs from a parallel port and redirect ...
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View all user's printing jobs from the command line

I'm running Fedora 17, Gnome (3?), and using bash from terminal. Whenever I run lpstat I only get a list of my jobs, but every time I go to retrieve my jobs from the printer, somebody else is ...
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How to show the CUPS printer jobs history?

I am printing some files from a remote computer to a network printer with the lpr command. It apparently worked, but some minutes later when I typed lpstat or lpq, the job had already disappeared, it ...
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View timestamp for CUPS print jobs

I'm looking for a way to view the timestamp of a job in CUPS. I've searched the man pages and can't seem to find it. The long term goal is to have a script that parses the time from the jobID and ...
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How do I debug printers with USB problems via CUPS?

I have two printers that have stopped accepting jobs via their USB subsystem. CUPS sees the printer USB ports, has been able to send jobs to them in the past, but can't talk to them: ...
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RPM: Installed (but unpackaged) file(s) found on Centos 6 with CUPS 1.7.1

Trying to install CUPS 1.7.1 on Centos 6.5 via RPM, I use: # rpmbuild -ta cups-1.7.1-source.tar.bz2 --without dbus --without libusb1 but stops with below error: Checking for unpackaged file(s): ...
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When would CUPS use TLS?

I'm running Debian Testing on amd64, with the apt-listbugs feature that tells me if bugs are present before upgrading. Now the package libgnutls-deb0-28 has a serious bug to the effect that "CUPS ...
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Why do I have to stop/restart cups in redhat linux in order to use a custom filter?

A colleague wrote a filter utility for me in ruby that allows me to print barcodes from a textfile. (The filter replaces @{blah} with the proper PCL and a barcode checksum character so that "blah" ...
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Printing on serial printer via cups

I'm trying to set up my serial printer with cups, but I can't see any serial port in cups config page nor via lpinfo -v. I have serial port at /dev/ttyAMA0. I was trying to set proper permissions for ...
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How to make the printer Canon Laser Shot LBP-1120 work in Elementary OS Luna (Ubuntu 12.04 TLS) - 32-bit version?

I had previously created this question + answer, but that would not work for me after a while. I am looking for an alternative.
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Configuring CUPS PDF writer for PDF/A output?

Can the PDF pseudo-printer in CUPS be configured to emit PDF/A files? If so, how to do it? I'm using CUPS 1.5.3-5 and CUPS-PDF 2.6.1-6 as provided by Debian Wheezy/7.0. Despite CUPS PDF Format - ...
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Installation of Canon Laserjet LBP 2900B Printer drivers in Linux Mint-16-Cinnamon-64 bit

Respected and experienced folks, A bit of research on the net tells me to "install" Synaptic Package Manager from the Ubuntu Software Center to the above mentioned Linux Mint version! If it helps, ...
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Can't print to PDF using cups-pdf; used to work, now “failed to set file mode” printing as non-root

Here's something really odd: something that used to work fine in Debian, and then broke, even without a dist-upgrade. I used to be able to use the CUPS PDF virtual printer to print anything to a PDF ...
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How to print (Cups, lpr, whatever…) in grayscale in a _generic_ way?

Problem: E.g. Cups just offers options to manage colors. Unfortunately they are specific to the manufacturers model. I.e. xerox is using e.g. "XRXColor, BW", Dell "ColorModel, KGray" etc... I am ...
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Printing through a Samba server without recording the password in plaintext

I need to access a printer through a Samba server. In CUPS, I could make it work by entering a device location such as smb://username:password@hostname/printer_name. However, it would mean for my ...
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How to install a thermal printer on ARM embedded linux using CUPS

I need to install a thermal printer (MY PRINTER) on my ARM linux embedded system. I have a board with an ARM Cortex A5 Atmel SAMA5D34 processor and linux kernel 3.10. With the buildroot I have ...
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Best way to configure computer lab printers using CUPS (or other print server)?

I manage a computer lab that is used mainly for printing. We've got three identical HP LaserJet P3015s set up and connected by USB to an Ubuntu server, which is then networked to the other computers. ...
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How to setup HP printer in CUPS?

hplip and hplip-cups are installed. The model is LaserJet P4515, but is not listed when I want to setup the printer. How do I setup a HP printer?
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How to print pcl or esc/p code on host-driven printer?

I have a host-based printer (HP Deskjet D2460) and have some printer language files (pcl codes) that I would like to print out. I saw that in cups there are some filters like rastertopcl, etc. which ...
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support for utf-8 encoding with lpr

While trying to send a text file to the printer via lpr from xterm, the content was corrupted beyond recognition, the cause of which was ultimately traced to the encoding of the file. If I instead ...
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Integrate custom LPD filter into CUPS

I've stood up a new print server and instead of using LPD we're trying to use CUPS. The old LPD server had custom filters written in C that need to be applied to the new CUPS server. The problem is ...
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lpr ignores options specified by -o

When submitting a text file to a printer (HP Color LaserJet 4650) from a Debian 8/openbox system, the -p or -o prettyprint option is ignored. Printing the same file from a MacOS X system produces a ...
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Manual Duplex printing

I have a printer (Samsung M2022W) which doesn't support duplex printing. However, I would like to manually print on both sides (that is to say, print even pages, then insert these pages again on the ...
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Is there a way to get the filename (or title) of a completed print job?

The lpq -a lists, among other things, the name of each file printed. Rank Owner Job File(s) Total Size active myuser 2 version.txt 1024 ...
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Ricoh Aficio SP 100su E

After installing a Ricoh Aficio SP 100su E printer (it does scanning as well), I've tried a tenth of the GDI and PCL (5e/6) generic and Ricoh drivers without any success. I've learned from Ricoh that ...
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Page gets cut in the half if I print from Chrome or Google Cloud but with Firefox doesn't

I'm setting up print server for custom thermal printer on RaspberryPi running Linux Debian and I have a strange problem. If I print a test page it prints OK, same with web page from Firefox, but when ...
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Print PDF scaled-down and aligned

I want to print a PDF file with all pages scaled down equally (to, say, 70 %). The scaled-down pages should then be left-aligned on the printing paper. This doesn't seem to be possible with lpr ...
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Get driver location for particular printer via command line

This is on OS X 10.8. I want to be able to arbitrarily pull the configuration for a particular printer, so I can use it in a package-creation script. The script (not mine) uses /usr/sbin/lpadmin -p ...
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Duplex printing options using lp or lpr

The default options for a Brother MFC-9340CDW printer, are reportedly (e.g. querried via lpoptions -l) set to: PageSize/Media Size: *A4 Letter Legal Executive A5 A6 B5 JISB5 JISB6 EnvDL EnvC5 Env10 ...
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Is it possible to cancel a job in the printer spooler with cancel -a

I need to cancel a printing job in a printer cause the job I want to send is a "high priority" job. I have CentOS 6.2 installed. I know that with CUPS and cancel -a I can cancel all local printer jobs ...
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Can't execute server messages outputed when printing to laser 3 on openSUSE

This is my 1st post and I have a sporadic printing issue I'm needing some help with. I have 3 laser printers setup on my secure network; all ping on different IP addresses; 2 of which are printing ...
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How can I get my lp printout to *always* be smaller and one sided?

The default output is double sided and too big. I can get better output with lp spec/scenarios_spec.rb -o sides=one-sided -o fit-to-page How could I make those options - -o sides=one-sided -o ...
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How to print password protected pdf with cups from command line?

I have a *.pdf file that is password protected. I have the password and I can view the pdf with mupdf. However, printing with CUPS via lpr -P PRINTERNAME *.pdf does not work. All my printing is done ...
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Know the name of a driver to use on the CUPS gui

I have this Epson L355 printer and according to www.openprinting.org I need to use the epson-201207w driver; however, on the CUPS config panel at http://localhost:631, the list of drivers only ...
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Print EPS file at original size but changed position

I'd like to print EPS files, ensuring they print at their original size. I found out that my default document viewer, Okular from KDE, will always scale to fit size, and I can't seem to find a way to ...
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Canon MF4550d refuses to print from Linux server

We have several Canon mf4550d printers at the office directly connected to Windows 7 machines. I need to print from a Linux server to those printers. I have installed the latest drivers for my model ...
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How to enable cups-lpd / port 515?

I have a print server using CUPS on a CentOS 5.3 box. On my PC, I set up a remote printer with the URI http://$PRINT_SERVER:631/printers/$PRINTER_NAME, and have successfully been able to print files ...
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CUPS filter for a raw queue

I am having issues figuring out how to add a filter for a raw queue in CUPS - if this is possible. Basically, what I need to do, is convert a TIFF to PS before sending it to the raw queue. The ...
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Credential in PPD file: Is there a way to hide it?

We have a copying machine that can be used as a printer. In order to do that, I have to provide a credential in plain in the Xerox.ppd file. Problem: Any user on the system can grep credential ...
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Centralising CUPS config

I have a LAN with a few Ubuntu machines on. They each need to be set up with the same printers. I would like to have a script that copies a centrally stored config to each machine so that they're all ...
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CUPS gives 'Unable to open the initial device, quitting' when printing to network printer

I am trying to print over Wi-Fi to an HP Photosmart D110 printer which is successfully recognized by CUPS. But I only get a sheet with the error message Unable to open the initial device, quitting. ...
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CUPS - no document types are supported?

I'm hoping to eventually share out a printer for my household using CUPS. At this point I haven't made it past the initial config on the CentOS 6.2 x64 machine. Any document type I try to print using ...
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CUPS remote printer entry is stopped locally

My local CUPS daemon on my laptop has an entry for a remote printer on my CUPS server. My local CUPS daemon thinks this printer is stopped, but it's not. The only interface CUPS gives me to manage ...
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Replacement to CUPS Browse Protocol

The CUPS "browsing" protocol was marked as deprecated being removed at v1.6 of CUPS, due to problems with broadcast and managed networks/WiFi. It's an UDP protocol to broadcast information about ...
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Using a shell script as a virtual printer

I have a shell script that takes a PDF file as an argument and prints it with additional printer specific options. How can I add this script as a virtual printer that can be selected from the GUI? ...
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Ignoring “print banner page” flag in inbound LPD jobs (CUPS-LPD)

I have a USB inkjet printer connected to a server running CentOS 5.7 (64). I installed and enabled cups-lpd so that another Unix server could send print jobs to that printer. The other Unix server ...