The Common Unix Printing System

What is CUPS?

  • A replacement for the default printing commands:

    Function Sun and HP Linux and Alpha
    Print a file lp -d printer filename lpr -Pprinter filename
    Check Queue Status lpstat -p printer lpq -Pprinter
    Cancel a job cancel job-id lprm job-id

  • The good news: all this still works.

  • More good news: You can use lpr and friends on Sun/HP (and lp etc. on Linux and Alpha).

  • The better news: You have more options. See the Documentation.

  • The best news: "CUPS solves The Printing Problem" (reliability).

The Common Unix Printing System - 1999-11-17
Tracy Effland and Pat Murphy