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Unix Print Queues

OIT provides a UNIX-based printing service to a variety of networked campus printers. This service consists of a UNIX host named printserver on which we maintain a set of BSD-style ('lpd') print queues. Networked computers may send print jobs to printserver, which in turn will queue them and forward them to the actual printers.

This is useful for a number or reasons:

  • Once a print queue is established on printserver, you can send jobs to it from other hosts on campus, as long as your host can communicate with printserver via BSD-style LPD. (You may need to configure these other hosts before you can do so.) They will simply forward jobs destined for that queue to printserver .

  • Once a print queue is established on printserver, we can define the queue on all OIT UNIX systems as well, if you wish. This makes it easier for OIT UNIX users to send jobs to this queue. (They will simply forward jobs destined for that queue to printserver.)

  • Printserver is able to speak to printers using a number of communication protocols; including HP's "TCP port 9100" style of IP-based printing. Even if your host does not speak the same communication protocol as the printer, if it can get the print job to printserver, we can deal with sending it to the printer using one of the protocols above.

Windows print queues

Note that OIT UNIX printserver print queues are not the same as OIT Windows NT printserver print queues. For information about the latter, please visit this Help Desk page or this Help Desk article.

If you have a printer and would like to arrange for a OIT UNIX printserver print queue, read on.


General Prerequisites

There are a number of general technical and logistical prerequsities before we can establish a OIT UNIX printserver print queue. Please review General Prerequisites to Establish a OIT UNIX Printserver Print Queue to make sure you will be able to use the service.


Printer-Specific Prerequisites

Some printers have additional prerequisites, or require some additional special setup. Some have some special features, so you need some additional information from you.

If your printer is listed below, please review the relevant information and follow any additional instructions provided.


Request Form

Once you believe your printer will meet the prerequisites, and you've completed any special setup mentioned above, copy and complete the Request To Establish a New OIT UNIX Printserver Print Queue. Email the completed form to printmaster@princeton.edu.

Note that the request must come from a person responsible for the printer. If you are trying to arrange to print on someone else's printer, you will need to ask that person to review the prerequisites and submit the request.


List of OIT UNIX Print Queues

You may view the OIT UNIX Printserver Print Queue List. That document displays the name, aliases, and details for each of the OIT UNIX printserver Print Queues that have been defined for convenient use on the OIT UNIX Systems.

That document includes only those OIT UNIX printserver Print Queues that have been defined for convenient use on the OIT UNIX Systems. Sometimes the person responsible for a print queue wishes to make it available on private or departmental systems, but discourage its use from OIT UNIX Systems. In those cases, we do not define the print queue on the OIT UNIX Systems. Depending on the operating system on each particular OIT UNIX System, this makes it less convenient (or in some cases impossible) to print to the particular print queue from that particular OIT UNIX System. (Some systems allow one to print only to the print queues defined on that system; others allow you to print to any print queue, if you know the print queue's name and remote LPD server name.) If the person responsible for a print queue has asked us to not define it on the OIT UNIX Systems, we do not publish the name and description of the print queue in the OIT UNIX Printserver Print Queue List.

A copy of OIT UNIX public printcap is available printcap.


Frequently-Asked Usage Questions

Some answers to Frequently-Asked Questions about using OIT UNIX printserver print queues are available.


Contact

For general questions about OIT printing service or to report problems with printer queues, contact the Helpdesk.

helpdesk@princeton.edu
609.258.4357 (8-HELP)