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LPD(8)											   LPD(8)

NAME
       lpd - line printer daemon

SYNOPSIS
       /usr/sbin/lpd [ -l ] [ port # ]

DESCRIPTION
       Lpd  is	the line printer daemon (spool area handler) and is normally invoked at boot time
       from the rc(8) file.  It makes a single pass through the  printcap(5)  file  to	find  out
       about the existing printers and prints any files left after a crash. It then uses the sys-
       tem calls listen(2) and accept(2) to receive requests to print files in the queue,  trans-
       fer files to the spooling area, display the queue, or remove jobs from the queue.  In each
       case, it forks a child to handle the request so the parent can continue to listen for more
       requests.   The	Internet  port number used to rendezvous with other processes is normally
       obtained with getservbyname(3) but can be changed with the port# argument.   The  -l  flag
       causes  lpd to log valid requests received from the network. This can be useful for debug-
       ging purposes.

       Access control is provided by two means. First, All requests must come  from  one  of  the
       machines  listed  in  the  file /etc/hosts.equiv or /etc/hosts.lpd.  Second, if the ``rs''
       capability is specified in the printcap entry for the printer being accessed, lpr requests
       will only be honored for those users with accounts on the machine with the printer.

       The  file minfree in each spool directory contains the number of disk blocks to leave free
       so that the line printer queue won't completely fill the disk.  The minfree  file  can  be
       edited with your favorite text editor.

       The  file  lock	in each spool directory is used to prevent multiple daemons from becoming
       active simultaneously, and to store information	about  the  daemon  process  for  lpr(1),
       lpq(1),	and lprm(1).  After the daemon has successfully set the lock, it scans the direc-
       tory for files beginning with cf.  Lines in each cf file specify files to  be  printed  or
       non-printing actions to be performed.  Each such line begins with a key character to spec-
       ify what to do with the remainder of the line.

       J      Job Name.  String to be used for the job name on the burst page.

       C      Classification.  String to be used for the classification line on the burst page.

       L      Literal.	The line contains identification info from the password file  and  causes
	      the banner page to be printed.

       T      Title.  String to be used as the title for pr(1).

       H      Host Name.  Name of the machine where lpr was invoked.

       P      Person.	Login  name of the person who invoked lpr.  This is used to verify owner-
	      ship by lprm.

       M      Send mail to the specified user when the current print job completes.

       f      Formatted File.  Name of a file to print which is already formatted.

       l      Like ``f'' but passes control characters and does not make page breaks.

       p      Name of a file to print using pr(1) as a filter.

       t      Troff File.  The file contains troff(1) output (cat phototypesetter commands).

       n      Ditroff File.  The file contains device independent troff output.

       d      DVI File.  The file contains Tex(l) output (DVI format from Standford).

       g      Graph File.  The file contains data produced by plot(3X).

       c      Cifplot File. The file contains data produced by cifplot.

       v      The file contains a raster image.

       r      The file contains text data with FORTRAN carriage control characters.

       1      Troff Font R. Name of the font file to use instead of the default.

       2      Troff Font I. Name of the font file to use instead of the default.

       3      Troff Font B. Name of the font file to use instead of the default.

       4      Troff Font S. Name of the font file to use instead of the default.

       W      Width. Changes the page width (in characters) used by pr(1) and the text filters.

       I      Indent.  The number of characters to indent the output by (in ascii).

       U      Unlink.  Name of file to remove upon completion of printing.

       N      File name.  The name of the file which is being printed, or a blank for  the  stan-
	      dard input (when lpr is invoked in a pipeline).

       If  a  file  can  not  be opened, a message will be logged via syslog(3) using the LOG_LPR
       facility.  Lpd will try up to 20 times to reopen a file it  expects  to	be  there,  after
       which it will skip the file to be printed.

       Lpd  uses  flock(2)  to	provide exclusive access to the lock file and to prevent multiple
       deamons from becoming active simultaneously.  If the daemon should be killed or die  unex-
       pectedly,  the  lock  file need not be removed.	The lock file is kept in a readable ASCII
       form and contains two lines.  The first is the process id of the daemon and the second  is
       the  control  file  name  of the current job being printed.  The second line is updated to
       reflect the current status of lpd for the programs lpq(1) and lprm(1).

FILES
       /etc/printcap	       printer description file
       /usr/spool/*	       spool directories
       /usr/spool/*/minfree    minimum free space to leave
       /dev/lp* 	       line printer devices
       /dev/printer	       socket for local requests
       /etc/hosts.equiv        lists machine names allowed printer access
       /etc/hosts.lpd	       lists machine names allowed printer access,
			       but not under same administrative control.

SEE ALSO
       lpc(8), pac(1), lpr(1), lpq(1), lprm(1), syslog(3), printcap(5)
       4.2BSD Line Printer Spooler Manual

4.2 Berkeley Distribution		 October 23, 1996				   LPD(8)
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