Printing from Linux machines
Hanz Makmur - Oct 2009
These instruction will show you how to print to Computer Science public printers.The first section is for LCSR maintained machines and second is for user maintained machines. See
list of available CS printers for more details info. 1. Setting Up Printing from CUPS on Linux
IMPORTANT: by default all print jobs will print with a header/banner page. If you have private printer or plan to print to any color or poster printers, you should turn off the banner page printed before each job.
Other Linux/Unix machines
not maintained by LCSR staff may have their own printing engine. These machines are normally administered by the user and beyond the control of LCSR staff. For these machines, the simplest way to print to Computer Science printers is as follow the following: Install cups software for your Linux OS.
Edit or add if one does not exist a file named
/etc/cups/client.conf and enter this line and save it.
After your restart your CUPSD, you can print to all printers available on printserver.cs.rutgers.edu.
Verifying your setup:
To see a list of available printer queues, type
To check specific printer queue type:
To set your default printer to printer named:
cbim_printer_1 in Linux bash shell, type:
export PRINTER=cbim_printer_1 or
add this line to your .bashrc file so that you don't have to do it again after you logout. 2. Printing from Linux/Unix.
A. Printing to the printer queue from Unix Shell
Once you have setup your linux printer queue, to print you would need to issue one of the following commands: To print from a Unix shell, normally you would enter:
without banner page, enter the following command
-P -h printeraname filename
To print in
single sided on printers defaulting in duplex , you would enter:
printername -o sides=one-sided filename
There are a lot options you can set with CUPS driver. See
CUPS printing options for further details. CUPS options do not work with SunOS machines.
Note on Printing from SunOS Unix System - Athos/Aramis/Research
Due to lack of drivers on our Unix installation currently,
Single sided printing can not be achieved when using lpr command. If you would like to print single side, please print from Linux systems with CUPS driver installed or system with built in driver like Windows, MacOS.
If you have problems or questions, please email