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CUPS: setting the default printer with lpoptions

CUPS users, please make sure to carry out the following simple procedure to ensure that your print jobs goto the right printer; otherwise jobs that you print without specifying a printer may go into a "holding queue", called aaa-default-printer. If you are using Linux, please run this command:

lpoptions -d PRINTER

For example,
lpoptions -d myprinter
man lpoptions gives details. Of course, myprinter needs to be a valid printer. This should create


with this line in it:

Default myprinter

Thus print jobs by default will goto myprinter
If your printer can print duplex AND you want to use duplex by default, try
lpoptions -d PRINTER -o sides=two-sided-long-edge
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Last modified Thu Sep 1 15:52:56 PDT 2005