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 con-
necting to the server.
The first form of the command sets the default printer or class to destination. Subse-
quent print jobs submitted via the lp(1) or lpr(1) commands 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 additional options are
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
The following options are recognized when configuring a printer queue:
Adds the named printer to class. If class does not exist it is created automati-
Sets a System V style interface script for the printer. This option cannot be speci-
fied with the -P option (PPD file) and is intended for providing support for legacy
Sets a standard System V interface script or PPD file from the model directory.
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 integer number of kilo-
bytes; 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.
Removes the named printer from class. If the resulting class becomes empty it is
-u deny:user,user -u allow:all -u deny:none
Sets user-level access control on a printer. 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 file:/file/name.
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 speci-
fied, this option overrides the -i option (interface script).
Unlike the System V printing system, CUPS allows printer names to contain any printable
character except SPACE and TAB. Also, printer and class names are not case-sensitive.
Finally, the CUPS version of lpadmin 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 sys-
tem configuration options.
accept(8), cancel(1), disable(8), enable(8), lp(1), lpstat(1), reject(8), CUPS Software
Administrators Manual, http://localhost:631/documentation.html
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