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lpadmin - configure cups printers and classes
lpadmin [ -E ] [ -U username ] [ -h server[:port] ] -d destination
lpadmin [ -E ] [ -U username ] [ -h server[:port] ] -p destination [ -R
name-default ] option(s)
lpadmin [ -E ] [ -U username ] [ -h server[:port] ] -x destination
lpadmin configures printer and class queues provided by CUPS. It can
also be used to set the server default printer or class.
When specified before the -d, -p, or -x options, the -E option forces
encryption when connecting to the server.
The first form of the command (-d) sets the default printer or class to
destination. Subsequent print jobs submitted via the lp(1) or lpr(1)
commands will use this destination unless the user specifies otherwise
with the lpoptions(1) command.
The second form of the command (-p) configures the named printer or
class. The additional options are described below.
The third form of the command (-x) deletes the printer or class
destination. Any jobs that are pending for the destination will be
removed and any job that is currently printed will be aborted.
The following options are recognized when configuring a printer queue:
Adds the named printer to class. If class does not exist it is
Sets a standard PPD file for the printer from the model directory
or using one of the driver interfaces. Use the -m option with the
lpinfo(8) command to get a list of supported models. The model
"raw" clears any existing PPD file and the model "everywhere"
queries the printer referred to by the specified IPP device-uri.
Note: Models other than "everywhere" are deprecated and will not
be supported in a future version of CUPS.
Specifies whether IPP supply level values should be reported.
Specifies whether SNMP supply level (RFC 3805) values should be
Sets the kilobyte limit for per-user quotas. The value is an
integer number of kilobytes; one kilobyte is 1024 bytes.
Sets the page limit for per-user quotas. The value is the integer
number of pages that can be printed; double-sided pages are
counted as two pages.
Sets the accounting period for per-user quotas. The value is an
integer number of seconds; 86,400 seconds are in one day.
Sets the default banner page(s) to use for print jobs.
Sets a PPD option for the printer. PPD options can be listed
using the -l option with the lpoptions(1) command.
Sets a default server-side option for the destination. Any print-
time option can be defaulted, e.g., "-o number-up-default=2" to
set the default "number-up" option value to 2.
Sets the binary communications program to use when printing,
"none", "bcp", or "tbcp". The default program is "none". The
specified port monitor must be listed in the printer's PPD file.
Sets the policy for errors such as printers that cannot be found
or accessed, don't support the format being printed, fail during
submission of the print data, or cause one or more filters to
crash. The name must be one of "abort-job" (abort the job on
error), "retry-job" (retry the job at a future time), "retry-
current-job" (retry the current job immediately), or "stop-
printer" (stop the printer on error). The default error policy is
"stop-printer" for printers and "retry-current-job" for classes.
Sets the destination to shared/published or unshared/unpublished.
Shared/published destinations are publicly announced by the server
on the LAN based on the browsing configuration in cupsd.conf,
while unshared/unpublished destinations are not announced. The
default value is "true".
Sets the IPP operation policy associated with the destination.
The name must be defined in the cupsd.conf in a Policy section.
The default operation policy is "default".
Deletes the named option from printer.
Removes the named printer from class. If the resulting class
becomes empty it is removed.
Sets user-level access control on a destination. Names starting
with "@" are interpreted as UNIX groups. The latter two forms
turn user-level access control off. Note: The user 'root' is not
granted special access - using "-u allow:foo,bar" will allow users
'foo' and 'bar' to access the printer but NOT 'root'.
Sets the device-uri attribute of the printer queue. Use the -v
option with the lpinfo(8) command to get a list of supported
device URIs and schemes.
Provides a textual description of the destination.
-E When specified before the -d, -p, or -x options, forces the use of
TLS encryption on the connection to the scheduler. Otherwise,
enables the destination and accepts jobs; this is the same as
running the cupsaccept(8) and cupsenable(8) programs on the
Provides a textual location of the destination.
The following lpadmin options are deprecated:
This option historically has been used to provide either a System
V interface script or (as an implementation side-effect) a PPD
file. Note: Interface scripts are not supported by CUPS. PPD
files and printer drivers are deprecated and will not be supported
in a future version of CUPS.
Specifies a PostScript Printer Description (PPD) file to use with
the printer. Note: PPD files and printer drivers are deprecated
and will not be supported in a future version of CUPS.
Unlike the System V printing system, CUPS allows printer names to
contain any printable character except SPACE, TAB, "/", or "#". Also,
printer and class names are not case-sensitive.
Finally, the CUPS version of lpadmin may ask the user for an access
password depending on the printing system configuration. This differs
from the System V version which requires the root user to execute this
CUPS printer drivers and backends are deprecated and will no longer be
supported in a future feature release of CUPS. Printers that do not
support IPP can be supported using applications such as
The CUPS version of lpadmin does not support all of the System V or
Solaris printing system configuration options.
Interface scripts are not supported for security reasons.
The double meaning of the -E option is an unfortunate historical
The lpadmin command communicates with the scheduler (cupsd) to make
changes to the printing system configuration. This configuration
information is stored in several files including printers.conf and
classes.conf. These files should not be edited directly and are an
implementation detail of CUPS that is subject to change at any time.
Create an IPP Everywhere print queue:
lpadmin -p myprinter -E -v ipp://myprinter.local/ipp/print -m everywhere
cupsaccept(8), cupsenable(8), lpinfo(8), lpoptions(1), CUPS Online Help
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