LP(1) BSD General Commands Manual LP(1)NAMElp — front-end to the print spooler
SYNOPSISlp [-cs] [-o option] [-d printer] [-n num] [name ...]
The lp utility is a front-end to the print spooler as required by the
IEEE Std 1003.2 (“POSIX.2”) specification. It effectively invokes lpr(1)
with the proper set of arguments.
It generally prints the named files on the destination printer.
The following options are available:
-c Make the lp command exit only after further access to any of the
input files is no longer required. The application can then
safely delete or modify the files without affecting the output
Specify a particular printer. If no -d is provided on the com‐
mand line, the contents of the environment variables LPDEST or
PRINTER (with this precedence) are taken as the destination
-m Send mail upon completion.
-n num Specify that num copies of each of the named files shall be
Printer specific options. Not supported, provided only as a com‐
patibility option for SVR.
-s Silent operation. Not supported, provided only as a compatibil‐
ity option for Version 2 of the Single UNIX Specification
Set the job title to title.
As described above, the variables LPDEST and PRINTER are examined to
select the destination printer.
The lp command is expected to comply with the IEEE Std 1003.2 (“POSIX.2”)
This implementation of the lp command has been written by Jörg Wunsch.
The IEEE Std 1003.2 (“POSIX.2”) specification does not provide any means
to print non-text files. It rather requires the files to be printed to
be text files limited to reasonable line lengths and printable charac‐
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