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Print commands on Berkeley Lab Computer Center UNIX machines
- Printing from ux8, ux5, etc.
On ux8, ux5, and many other UNIX machines here, you need to
module load local
to use the correct lpr, lpq. This is done automagically through
the standard UNIX login ("dot") files provided to new users.
- All print commands are for PostScript printers unless otherwise noted
- PeopleSoft uses Novell printing, not these printing commands.
- A valid printer name is the name defined in /etc/printcap on UNIX
or (if using "native" Solaris printing) listed by "lpstat -v"
Print ASCII text files
enscript -Pprinter [ options ] file
lpr -Pprinter file
We recommend using enscript
Print the file in "landscape" mode, that is, left to right
along the 11" dimension of the paper.
enscript -Pprinter -r file
Warning: lpr -Pprinter -r file will REMOVE - that is, DELETE - the file!
enscript has many options for printing ASCII files;
see "man enscript" for details.
Print a PostScript file
lpr -Pprinter file
Make sure the first line of the file contains these eleven (11)
characters, starting in column 1:
Show a Distributed Printing job queue
lpq -Pprinter [ job # ... ] [ user ... ]
Delete a job from a Distributed Printing queue
lprm -Pprinter [ job # ... ] [ user ... ]
Printing without banner (burst) pages
lpr -h or enscript -h should suppress printing of the banner page.
If you use lp then lp -o nobanner should suppress the banner page.
Print a DVI output file
lpr -Pprinter -d [ options ] file
Print ditroff or troff file on a PostScript printer
Use groff (GNU ditroff)
Print a Tektronix 4014 file
ps4014 file | lpr -Pprinter
ps4014 is available only on the Sun machines at this point.
See the man pages for enscript,
igrind, lpq, and lprm for a complete description of
the command and command line options.
Imagen-related commamnds (imprint, ipr, ipq, iprm) removed
Wed Apr 16 17:56:13 PDT 1997
The Imagen-specific commamnds imprint, ipr, ipq, iprm were removed
because the last Imagen printer was retired April 9.
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