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I want to do a backup of my cups configuration to transfer it to a new system. But where does cups actually store the printer settings? I've watched /etc/cups/ but the only thing that happened when adding a new printer was that the PPD was added to /etc/cups/ppd/.

Edit: A remark, the configuration actually is in /etc/cups/printers.conf but it was written delayed after actually adding the printer in the web interface. That was originally the reason I couldn't find it. So make sure everything was written, before doing a backup.

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  • What version of CUPS? An older RHEL5 system I have has all sorts of *.conf* files under /etc/cups, in addition to the PPD directory. (If in doubt, crank logging or strace the daemon to find out what it is doing.)
    – thrig
    Sep 5, 2015 at 15:13

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In Debian Jessie, the whole configuration is in /etc/cups:

classes.conf       
interfaces       
raw.convs  
subscriptions.conf  
cups-browsed.conf  
ppd         
raw.types  
subscriptions.conf   
cupsd.conf  
printers.conf  
snmp.conf  
cups-files.conf  
ssl  

Is your system "non-linux"?

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