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I'm looking for an API or command-line interface to access printer details in CUPS.

lpstat -t gives

  • information about the scheduler
  • a list of devices for each printer
  • printer names
  • printer status

but I'm looking to also get information about the printer's location, driver, description, and defaults. I a can see the details in the CUPS web interface, but I'm not sure which command to use to get the information from a command line.

Since I want to use this programmatically, an API would be best, but I haven't found one yet, even for the basic information. Right now I'm just parsing the output of lpstat

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Found an API to CUPS for python. Should be straight forward enough to create a web API using hug so any other language can access it.

https://pypi.python.org/pypi/pycups

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