lprsetup - printer spooler set up program
The lprsetup command provides an interactive facility for administrating
the line printers on your system. This utility is also the command-line
version of printconfig, a graphical user interface available in X-windows
or the Common Desktop Environment (CDE). See the printconfig(8) reference
page for information on invoking the graphical user interface. Note that
when you invoke printconfig from the command line, you have options to run
the interface in different formats. Printer configuration can also be per-
formed from the SysMan Menu and SMS interfaces.
The lprsetup program contains online help and default answers to questions
about adding, deleting, or changing the characteristics of any of the line
printers on your system. Whenever a question is asked, the default selec-
tion is given in brackets [ ]. You can press Return in response to the
question to accept the default, or enter an alternate value for the given
You can obtain help information at any prompt by entering a question mark
(?). After the help information is displayed, you are reprompted.
The lprsetup program uses the /etc/lprsetup.dat file to determine the list
of supported printers. See lprsetup.dat(4) for a current list of supported
The program knows about all of the possible symbols in the /etc/printcap
file. See printcap(4) for a current list. After you have entered a printer
specification, and have verified that it is correct, lprsetup then creates
the spooling directory, links the output filter, and creates an
/etc/printcap entry for the new printer.
If the printer is connected to your system, you must specify the printer
device name which is in the lp printcap entry.
If lp is set to /dev/ttynn, choose the default setting dev when you see the
printer connection type 'ct'
If you choose dev, you are prompted for the baud rate, br. The default is
the recommended baud rate for the selected printer.
If lp is set to another device, for example /dev/lp0 the lprsetup program
assumes that you are setting up a printer with a parallel port, for exam-
ple, lg02. It does not prompt you for device type information, and serial
port specific entries are not put into the /etc/printcap entry.
If the printer is remote, that is, if it is connected to a remote machine,
you must set the line printer device to NULL (lp=:) and provide the follow-
ing information items:
+ Printer synonyms
+ Name of the remote machine
+ Name of the remote printer
+ Spooling directory on the local machine
If the printer is connected to a LAT, you must specify LAT when prompted
for the printer connection type. It is important to enter LAT in all
uppercase letters. (The connection will not be made if you enter lat for
the printer connection type.) After you specify LAT, the system prompts you
for the baud rate (br). The default is the recommended baud rate for the
Configuring Compaq Advanced Printing Software
When lprsetup is used under Compaq Advanced Printing Software, you must
configure an inbound gateway defining the rm and rp print symbols in the
To use this option:
+ After configuring the general print characteristics, you will be
prompted to Enter the printcap symbol you wish to modify...
+ Enter rm and then enter a new vaue of @dpa. Confirm the new value.
+ Enter rp and provide a print queue name, such as "printer1".
Configuring Printing on Clusters
When lprsetup is invoked on a cluster, additional options are available
which enable you to setup and administer cluster-wide printing. The on
print symbol is used in the /etc/printcap file to specify:
+ localhost, for networked (TCP/IP) printers
+ Cluster member (host) names on which the print queue will be shared
Refer to the printcap(4) reference page and Cluster Administration guide
for more information.
Commands: latcp(8), MAKEDEV(8), printconfig(8), sysman(8), sysman_intro(8),
Files: printcap(4), lprsetup.dat(4)
Network Administration: Connections
Compaq Advanced Printing Software documentation