lpadmin(8) Apple Inc. lpadmin(8)NAMElpadmin - configure cups printers and classes
SYNOPSISlpadmin [ -E ] [-U username ] [ -h server[:port] ] -d destination
lpadmin [ -E ] [-U username ] [ -h server[:port] ] -p printer option(s)lpadmin [ -E ] [-U username ] [ -h server[:port] ] -x destination
DESCRIPTIONlpadmin 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 connecting to the server.
The first form of the command (-d) sets the default printer or class to
destination. Subsequent 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 (-p) configures the named printer. The
additional options are described below.
The third form of the command (-x) deletes the printer or class desti‐
nation. Any jobs that are pending for the destination will be removed
and any job that is currently printed will be aborted.
The following options are recognized when configuring a printer queue:
Adds the named printer to class. If class does not exist it is
Sets a System V style interface script for the printer. This
option cannot be specified with the -P option (PPD file) and is
intended for providing support for legacy printer drivers.
Sets a standard System V interface script or PPD file from the
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 inte‐
ger number of kilobytes; 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.
Sets the default banner page(s) to use for print jobs.
Sets the binary communications program to use when printing,
"none", "bcp", or "tbcp". The default program is "none".
Sets the error policy to be used when the printer backend is
unable to send the job to the printer. The name must be one of
"abort-job", "retry-job" or "stop-printer". The default error pol‐
icy is "stop-printer".
Sets the printer to shared/published or unshared/unpublished.
Shared/published printers are publically announced by the server
on the LAN based on the browsing configuration in cupsd.conf,
while unshared/unpublished printers are not announced. The default
value is "true".
Sets the IPP operation policy associated with the printer. The
name must be defined in the cupsd.conf in a Policy section. The
default operation policy is "default".
Removes the named printer from class. If the resulting class
becomes empty it is removed.
Sets user-level access control on a printer. Names starting with
"@" are interpreted as UNIX groups. 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. Use the lpinfo(8) command to get a list of sup‐
ported device URIs and schemes.
Provides a textual description of the printer.
Enables the printer and accepts jobs; this is the same as running
the accept(8) and cupsenable(8) programs on the printer.
Provides a textual location of the printer.
Specifies a PostScript Printer Description file to use with the
printer. If specified, this option overrides the -i option (inter‐
Unlike the System V printing system, CUPS allows printer names to con‐
tain any printable character except SPACE, TAB, "/", or "#". Also,
printer and class names are not case-sensitive. Finally, the CUPS ver‐
sion of lpadmin may ask the user for an access password depending on
the printing system configuration. This differs from the System V ver‐
sion 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 system configuration options.
SEE ALSOaccept(8), cupsenable(8), lpinfo(8), lpoptions(1),
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