lprsetup(8)lprsetup(8)NAMElprsetup - printer set up program
The lprsetup command provides an interactive facility for administrat‐
ing the printers on your system. This utility is the command-line
equivalent of printconfig, which is a graphical user interface avail‐
able 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 change Comments (optional)
The lprsetup program contains online help and default answers to ques‐
tions 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 parameter.
You can obtain help information at any prompt by entering a question
mark (?). After the help information is displayed, you are prompted
The lprsetup program uses the printer definition files (*.lpd) in the
/usr/lbin/lprsetup directory to determine the list of supported print‐
ers. 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 cre‐
ates 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 following prompt:
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
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 pro‐
vide the following information items: Printer synonyms Name of the
remote machine Name of the remote printer Spooling directory on the
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 recom‐
mended baud rate for the selected printer.
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 exam‐
ple, if the printer has the IP address of alfie.nic.ccc.com (or numeri‐
cally 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 con‐
figure an inbound gateway defining the rm and rp print symbols in the
To use this option: After configuring the general print characteris‐
tics, 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 visi‐
ble 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: Set the on value to the name of the
cluster member to which the printer is connected. 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), sys‐
Files: printcap(4), lprsetup.dat(4)
Network Administration: Connections
Advanced Printing Software documentation