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RedHat 9 (Linux i386) - man page for lpq-lprng (redhat section 1)

LPQ(1)				     General Commands Manual				   LPQ(1)

       lpq - spool queue examination program

       lpq [ -a ] [ -A ] [ -l ] [ -L ] [ -P printer ] [ -s ]
	    [ -t sleeptime ] [ -V ] [ -D debugopt ]
	    [ jobid...	]

       lpq  requests  a status report from lpd(8) on the specified printers or jobs.  lpq invoked
       without any arguments reports on the printer given by the default printer (see -P option).
       The  short  (default)  format  simply  lists the printer, host, and numbers of jobs in the
       spool queue.  When using the long format (-l option), for each job in a	spool  queue  lpq
       reports	the  job identifier which is generated from the user's name and originating host,
       current rank in the queue, the job number (which may be supplied to lprm(1) for removing a
       specific  job), the job description information, and the total size in bytes.  If there is
       an error or other problem with the job, this information may be modified  to  reflect  the
       problems.   In  a spool queue, Job ordering is a modified FIFO (First in First Out), modi-
       fied by the job class and priority information.

       The following options are available.

       -A     Use authentication specified by the value of the AUTH environment variable.

	      Debugging is controlled using the -D option. This accepts a comma-separated list of
	      debugging settings. These settings take one of two forms: facility=value , or value
	      to set an overall default value.

       -P printer
	      By default, the destination printer is taken from the command line  printer  value,
	      then  the  environment  variables  PRINTER, LPDEST, NPRINTER, NGPRINTER, then first
	      entry in the printcap information, and and finally the default_printer  entry  from
	      the configuration file, and then the compile time default.

       -V     Print version information.

       -a     List  status  for all printers (see PRINTER LISTS below) which have entries for the
	      LPRng client programs in the printcap(5) database.

       -l     Increase verbosity of the long display format.  A single -l options selects a short
	      verbose display, multiple -l options increase the verbosity.

       -L     Use maximum verbosity for the long display format.

       -s     Display a short, single line status summary for each queue and subqueue.

	      Forces  lpq  to periodically display the spool queues and then sleep sleeptime sec-
	      onds between scans of the queue.

       jobid ... all
	      The options are followed by a list of jobids which  are  used  to  select  jobs  of
	      interest.   A  jobid  can be a user name, a job identifier, a job number, or a glob
	      based pattern which will be applied to the job identifiers.  The all  keyword  will
	      display all jobs and is the default option.

       The  lpq  will  report  the  status of the spool queue (enabled for spooling, disabled for
       unspooling), and the absence of a server if unspooling is enabled.  The lpc(1) command lpc
       start <printer> may be used to start the server if this is the case.

       By  default,  the  destination printer is taken from the command line dest value, then the
       environment variables PRINTER, LPDEST, NPRINTER, NGPRINTER, then first entry in the print-
       cap  information,  and  and finally the default_printer entry from the configuration file,
       and then the compile time default.

       The -a option is used to by lpq(1) to get status for a list of  printers.   This  list  is
       formed as follows.

       1)     The printcap file is scanned for printer entries.  Only entries with names starting
	      with a letter or digit are recognized as valid queue or printer names.

       2)     If   the	 special   entry   all	 is    present,    and	  it	has    a    field
	      :all=pr1@host1,pr2@host2,...   then  the	printers  pr1,	pr2, ...  are used as the
	      printer or queue list.

       3)     If there is no all entry, then the original list of printers found in  step  1)  is
	      used as the list of printers.

       The  special case of lpq -Pall disables the searching of the printcap database, and simply
       sends a query to the lpd server for status of printer all.  The lpd(8)  server  enumerates
       the  printers  in  its  printcap file, ignoring any all entry, and returns status only for
       printers which have entries in the lpd(8) server printcap file.

       Finally, the special case lpq -Ppr@host causes lpq(1) to send a status request for printer
       pr to host host.

       Here is a simple set of rules to use:
	 - printer pr1 followed by pr2

	 - printer pr2 followed by pr1 (all overrides)

	 lpq -Pall
	   - status returned only for printer 'lp'

       The following exit values are returned:

       zero (0)       Successful completion.

       non-zero (!=0) An error occurred.

       The printer names and other information is obtained by using a printcap file or some other
       database.  The ${HOME}/.printcap file can be used to specify user level options	and  con-
       figuration information.	See printcap(5) for more information.

       The  files used by LPRng are set by values in the printer configuration file.  The follow-
       ing are a commonly used set of default values.
       /etc/lpd.conf				    LPRng configuration file
       ${HOME}/.printcap			    user printer description file
       /etc/printcap				    printer description file
       /etc/lpd.perms				    permissions
       /var/run/lpd				    lock file for queue control
       /var/spool/lpd				    spool directories
       /var/spool/lpd/QUEUE/control		    queue control
       /var/spool/lpd/QUEUE/log 		    trace or debug log file
       /var/spool/lpd/QUEUE/acct		    accounting file
       /var/spool/lpd/QUEUE/status		    status file

       lpd.conf(5), lpc(8),  lpd(8),  checkpc(8),  lpr(1),  lprm(1),  printcap(5),  lpd.perms(5),
       pr(1), lprng_certs(1), lprng_index_certs(1).

       Most  of the diagnostics are self explanatory.  If you are puzzled over the exact cause of
       failure, set the debugging level on (-D5) and run again.  The debugging	information  will
       help you to pinpoint the exact cause of failure.

       LPRng  is a enhanced printer spooler system with functionality similar to the Berkeley LPR
       software.  The LPRng mailing list is lprng@lprng.com; subscribe by sending mail to  lprng-
       request@lprng.com  with	the  word  subscribe in the body.  The software is available from

       Patrick Powell <papowell@lprng.com>.

LPRng					   LPRng-3.9.0					   LPQ(1)

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