enable(1) User Commands enable(1)
enable, disable - enable/disable LP printers
/usr/bin/disable [-c | -W] [ -r [reason]] printer...
The enable command activates printers, enabling them to print requests
submitted by the lp command. enable must be run on the printer server.
The disable command deactivates printers, disabling them from printing
requests submitted by the lp command. By default, any requests that are
currently printing on printer will be reprinted in their entirety
either on printer or another member of the same class of printers. The
disable command must be run on the print server.
Use lpstat -p to check the status of printers.
enable and disable only effect queueing on the print server's spooling
system. Executing these commands from a client system will have no
effect on the server.
The following options are supported for use with disable:
-c Cancels any requests that are currently printing on
printer. This option cannot be used with the -W option.
If the printer is remote, the -c option will be
-W Waits until the request currently being printed is fin-
ished before disabling printer. This option cannot be
used with the -c option. If the printer is remote, the
-W option will be silently ignored.
-r [reason] Assigns a reason for the disabling of the printer(s).
This reason applies to all printers specified. This
reason is reported by lpstat -p. Enclose reason in
quotes if it contains blanks. The default reason is
"unknown reason" for the existing printer, and "new
printer" for a printer added to the system but not yet
The following operand is supported for both enable and disable:
printer The name of the printer to be enabled or disabled.
Specify printer using atomic name. See printers.conf(4)
for information regarding the naming conventions for
The following exit values are returned:
0 Successful completion.
non-zero An error occurred.
/var/spool/lp/* LP print queue.
See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:
tab() allbox; cw(2.750000i)| cw(2.750000i) lw(2.750000i)|
lw(2.750000i). ATTRIBUTE TYPEATTRIBUTE VALUE AvailabilitySUNWpcu
lp(1), lpstat(1), printers.conf(4), attributes(5)
SunOS 5.10 9 Sep 1996 enable(1)