lpadmin(8) Easy Software Products lpadmin(8)
lpadmin - configure cups printers and classes
lpadmin [ -E ] [ -h server ] -d destination
lpadmin [ -E ] [ -h server ] -p printer option(s)
lpadmin [ -E ] [ -h server ] -x destination
lpadmin configures printer and class queues provided by CUPS. It can
also be used to set the server default printer or class.
When specified before the -d, -p, or -x options, the -E option forces
encryption when connecting to the server.
The first form of the command sets the default printer or class to des-
tination. Subsequent print jobs submitted via the lp(1) or lpr(1) com-
mands will use this destination unless the user specifies otherwise
with the lpoptions(1) command.
The second form of the command configures the named printer. The addi-
tional options are described below.
The third form of the command deletes the printer or class destination.
Any jobs that are pending for the destination will be removed and any
job that is currently printed will be aborted.
The following options are recognized when configuring a printer queue:
Adds the named printer to class. If class does not exist it is
Sets a System V style interface script for the printer. This
option cannot be specified with the -P option (PPD file) and is
intended for providing support for legacy printer drivers.
Sets a standard System V interface script or PPD file from the
Sets a PPD or server option for the printer. PPD options can be
listed using the -l option with the lpoptions(1) command.
Sets the kilobyte limit for per-user quotas. The value is an inte-
ger number of kilobytes; one kilobyte is 1024 bytes.
Sets the page limit for per-user quotas. The value is the integer
number of pages that can be printed; double-sided pages are
counted as two pages.
Sets the accounting period for per-user quotas. The value is an
integer number of seconds; 86,400 seconds are in one day.
Sets the binary communications protocol to use when printing,
None, BCP, or TBCP. The default protocol is None.
Removes the named printer from class. If the resulting class
becomes empty it is removed.
-u deny:user,user,@group -u allow:all -u deny:none
Sets user-level access control on a printer. Names starting with
"@" are interpreted as UNIX groups. The latter two forms turn
user-level access control off.
Sets the device-uri attribute of the printer queue. If device-uri
is a filename it is automatically converted to the form
Provides a textual description of the printer.
Enables the printer and accepts jobs; this is the same as running
the accept(8) and enable(8) programs on the printer.
Provides a textual location of the printer.
Specifies a PostScript Printer Description file to use with the
printer. If specified, this option overrides the -i option (inter-
Unlike the System V printing system, CUPS allows printer names to con-
tain any printable character except SPACE and TAB. Also, printer and
class names are not case-sensitive. Finally, the CUPS version of lpad-
min may ask the user for an access password depending on the printing
system configuration. This differs from the System V version which
requires the root user to execute this command.
The CUPS version of lpadmin does not support all of the System V or
Solaris printing system configuration options.
accept(8), cancel(1), disable(8), enable(8), lp(1), lpstat(1),
reject(8), CUPS Software Administrators Manual, http://local-
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