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 assumes you want a banner page printed unless you use the -o nobanner option on it's lp command but I have an application there that uses lp but has no way to specify that option.

Consequently, the LPD transacion includes a "Print banner page" option (RFC1179 section 7.5) - at least I'm fairly sure (though I haven't checked with tcpdump etc)

The result is I get an unwanted page saying "Cover Page" in big letters and giving Job-Id, Title and User name. This serves no purpose in my environment.

Is there any way to configure cups-lpd to ignore this "print banner page" flag?

Update: Here's the start of /etc/cups/printers.conf

# Printer configuration file for CUPS v1.3.7
# Written by cupsd on 2012-09-13 15:43
<Printer inkjet1>
Info HP PSC 2210
Location Ground FLoor, Outlet  A3/A4
DeviceURI usb://HP/PSC%202200%20Series?serial=XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
State Idle
StateTime 1347547335
Accepting Yes
Shared Yes
JobSheets none none
QuotaPeriod 0
PageLimit 0
KLimit 0
OpPolicy default
ErrorPolicy stop-printer

3 Answers 3


From man cups-lpd, I discovered you can add

  server_args = -o job-sheets=none,none

to /etc/xinetd/cups-lpd and then ask xinetd to reload it's configuration (sudo /sbin/service xinetd reload)

Note: I ran lpoptions -d printername to discover this print option but have not found anywhere it is fully documented (e.g. what each of the two "none"s refer to). The allowed values for this "job-sheets" option are documented at cups.org

Obviously, this solution applies to all printers rather than a specific printer.


Edit your /etc/cups/printers.conf and set the printer's JobSheets :

JobSheets none none
  • When I edited /etc/cups/printers.conf all the <Printer printername> sections already contained JobSheets none none - It looks like it isn't obeyed for some reason. Commented Sep 14, 2012 at 15:14

try moving the contents of the /usr/share/banners to a tar and leaving /usr/share/banners empty. I did that and now the banners never print.

  • -1 for advocating manually messing around in /usr. This is almost never a good idea.
    – HalosGhost
    Commented Jun 14, 2014 at 0:20

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