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 destination [ -R
name-default ] 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 or
class. 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 for the
printer from the model directory or using one of the driver inter‐
faces. Use the -m option with the lpinfo(8) command to get a list
of supported models.
Specifies whether IPP supply level values should be reported.
Specifies whether SNMP supply level (RFC 3805) values should be
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 a PPD option for the printer. PPD options can be listed using
the -l option with the lpoptions(1) command.
Sets a default server-side option for the destination. Any print-
time option can be defaulted, e.g. "-o cpi-default=17" to set the
default "cpi" option value to 17.
Sets the binary communications program to use when printing,
"none", "bcp", or "tbcp". The default program is "none". The spec‐
ified port monitor must be listed in the printer's PPD file.
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", "retry-current-job", or "stop-printer".
The default error policy is "stop-printer" for printers and
"retry-current-job" for classes.
Sets the destination to shared/published or unshared/unpublished.
Shared/published destinations are publicly announced by the server
on the LAN based on the browsing configuration in cupsd.conf,
while unshared/unpublished destinations are not announced. The
default value is "true".
Sets the IPP operation policy associated with the destination. The
name must be defined in the cupsd.conf in a Policy section. The
default operation policy is "default".
Deletes the named option from printer.
Removes the named printer from class. If the resulting class
becomes empty it is removed.
Sets user-level access control on a destination. 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. Use the -v
option with the lpinfo(8) command to get a list of supported
device URIs and schemes.
Provides a textual description of the destination.
Enables the destination and accepts jobs; this is the same as run‐
ning the cupsaccept(8) and cupsenable(8) programs on the destina‐
Provides a textual location of the destination.
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 ALSOcupsaccept(8), cupsenable(8), lpinfo(8), lpoptions(1),
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