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lprsetup - printer set up program
The lprsetup command provides an interactive facility for administrating
the printers on your system. This utility is the command-line equivalent of
printconfig, which is a graphical user interface available in X-windows or
the Common Desktop Environment (CDE). See the printconfig(8) reference
page for information on invoking the graphical user interface. Note that
when you invoke printconfig from the command line, you have options to run
the interface in different formats. Printer configuration can also be
performed from the SysMan Menu and SysMan Station interfaces.
The lprsetup program prompts you for the following information that is used
to set up the printer for the Tru64 UNIX system:
· The name of the printer
· The printer type (recognized printer types are listed)
· The device pathname [lp]
· Printer synonyms (optional)
· The file to capture print job accounting data [af] (optional)
· The spooler directory [sd]
· The printer error log file [lf]
· The printer connection type [ct]
· The printer baud rate
· Other printcap symbols and their associated values that you want to
· Comments (optional)
The lprsetup program contains online help and default answers to questions
about adding, deleting, or changing the characteristics of any of the line
printers on your system. Whenever a question is asked, the default
selection is given in brackets [ ]. You can press Enter in response to the
question to accept the default, or enter an alternate value for the given
You can obtain help information at any prompt by entering a question mark
(?). After the help information is displayed, you are prompted again.
The lprsetup program uses the printer definition files (*.lpd) in the
/usr/lbin/lprsetup directory to determine the list of supported printers.
See lprsetup.dat(4) more information.
The program knows about all the possible symbols in the /etc/printcap file.
See printcap(4) for a current list. After you have entered a printer
specification, and have verified that it is correct, lprsetup then creates
the spooling directory, links the output filter, and creates an
/etc/printcap entry for the new printer.
If the printer is connected to your system, you must specify the printer
device name which is in the lp printcap entry.
If lp is set to /dev/ttynn, choose the default setting dev when you see the
printer connection type 'ct'
If you choose dev, you are prompted for the baud rate, br. The default is
the recommended baud rate for the selected printer.
If lp is set to a parallel device, for example /dev/lp0 the lprsetup
program assumes that you are setting up a printer with a parallel port, for
example, Digital_LG02. It does not prompt you for device type information,
and serial port specific entries are not put into the /etc/printcap entry.
If the printer is remote, that is, if it is connected to a remote machine,
you must set the line printer device to NULL (lp=:) and provide the
following information items:
· Printer synonyms
· Name of the remote machine
· Name of the remote printer
· Spooling directory on the local machine
If the printer is connected to a LAT, you must specify LAT when prompted
for the printer connection type. It is important to enter LAT in all
uppercase letters. (The connection will not be made if you enter lat for
the printer connection type.) After you specify LAT, the system prompts you
for the baud rate (br). The default is the recommended baud rate for the
If the printer is connected by way of TCP/IP, you will need to specify the
network address and port number for the device pathname. For example, if
the printer has the IP address of alfie.nic.ccc.com (or numerically
123.321.123.321) and uses port 9100, the device pathname would be
@alfie.nic.ccc.com/9100 or, alternately, @123.321.123.321/9100.
Configuring Advanced Printing Software
When lprsetup is used under Advanced Printing Software, you must configure
an inbound gateway defining the rm and rp print symbols in the
To use this option:
· After configuring the general print characteristics, you will be
prompted to Enter the printcap symbol you wish to modify...
· Enter rm and then enter a new vaue of @dpa. Confirm the new value.
· Enter rp and provide a print queue name, such as "printer1".
Configuring Printing on Clusters
All printers are shared in a cluster in that all print queues are visible
and, thus, available for job submissions from all cluster members.
When lprsetup is invoked on a cluster, the value of the on print symbol
depends on the connection type:
Direct connection (serial or parallel port)
Set the on value to the name of the cluster member to which the
printer is connected.
LAT Set the on value to the name of the cluster member on whose LAT the
printer is connected.
Set the on value to localhost so that any cluster member can run a
Alternatively, you can set the on value to a list of specified
cluster members so that only these cluster members may run their
own print queues: The first cluster member in the list runs the
print queue; if it goes down, the next cluster member runs the
print queue, and so on. You can use this method to balance the
print queues among the cluster members or to isolate cluster
members from this activity.
Refer to the printcap(4) reference page and Cluster Administration guide
for more information.
Commands: latcp(8), MAKEDEV(8), printconfig(8), sysman(8), sysman_intro(8),
Files: printcap(4), lprsetup.dat(4)
Network Administration: Connections
Advanced Printing Software documentation
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