Printing on a network printer means:


the document is copied
the copy is sent via the network to a print server (a special computer)
all print jobs on the print server are collected in queues
the printer gets the jobs in queueing order

Several queues can be routed to the same printer, e.g. a queue for normal jobs, another one for double-sided printing.

Some queues and printers at the computing center of the TUHH:

printer queue location remarks
QMS2060 duo SBS95/2029 duplex
QMS magicolor 2CX qms2cx SBS95/2029 color
QMS 2060 PS ntqms SBS95/2042 duplex
HP DJ 2500CP A0 DE17/3024 A0 plotter, with costs!
QMS magicolor 330 folie DE17/3024 transparencies, with costs!

If one doesn't give a special queue name, then the system standard printer queue is used.

Lots of infos about queues, concepts and commands can be found at the TU Printer Page

A printer understands a special file format, i.e. a command language that describes a document. A widely used standard is Postscript.

Another step in the printing process: the document is translated into the printer format. This can be done explicitely by the user, by the application program (under UNIX) or by a printer driver (under Windows).

Programs under Windows usually use the standard windows print panel:


Clicking on properties opens a window, which allows to configure special printer options. This should be avoided on network printers! Use the proper queue instead.

Under CDE one can use the printer panel:
Dragging a document onto one of the printers puts it into the corresponding queue. Clicking on a printer icon opens a window showing the queue status.

From a shell window the following commands can be used:

command meaning
lpr -Pduo send the document to the given queue
lpq -Pntqms show all jobs (including their id) in the given queue
lprm -Pduo ID remove the job with the given id from the queue

without -P: default printer is used.

With the command

ghostview FILE

one can display a postscript document on the screen.

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Peter Junglas 8.3.2000