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lp(1) Apple Inc. lp(1)
lp - print files
lp [ -E ] [ -U username ] [ -c ] [ -d destination[/instance] ] [ -h
hostname[:port] ] [ -m ] [ -n num-copies ] [ -o option[=value] ] [ -q
priority ] [ -s ] [ -t title ] [ -H handling ] [ -P page-list ] [ -- ]
[ file(s) ]
lp [ -E ] [ -U username ] [ -c ] [ -h hostname[:port] ] [ -i job-id ] [
-n num-copies ] [ -o option[=value] ] [ -q priority ] [ -t title ] [ -H
handling ] [ -P page-list ]
lp submits files for printing or alters a pending job. Use a filename
of "-" to force printing from the standard input.
The following options are recognized by lp:
Marks the end of options; use this to print a file whose name
begins with a dash (-).
Forces encryption when connecting to the server.
Specifies the username to use when connecting to the server.
This option is provided for backwards-compatibility only. On sys-
tems that support it, this option forces the print file to be
copied to the spool directory before printing. In CUPS, print
files are always sent to the scheduler via IPP which has the same
Prints files to the named printer.
Chooses an alternate server.
Specifies an existing job to modify.
Sends an email when the job is completed.
Sets the number of copies to print from 1 to 100.
-o "name=value [name=value ...]"
Sets one or more job options.
Sets the job priority from 1 (lowest) to 100 (highest). The
default priority is 50.
Do not report the resulting job IDs (silent mode.)
Sets the job name.
Submits jobs as username.
Specifies when the job should be printed. A value of immediate
will print the file immediately, a value of hold will hold the job
indefinitely, and a time value (HH:MM) will hold the job until the
specified time. Use a value of resume with the -i option to resume
a held job. Use a value of restart with the -i option to restart
a completed job.
Specifies which pages to print in the document. The list can con-
tain a list of numbers and ranges (#-#) separated by commas (e.g.
COMMON JOB OPTIONS
Aside from the printer-specific options reported by the lpoptions(1)
command, the following generic options are available:
Sets the page size to size. Most printers support at least the
size names "a4", "letter", and "legal".
Prints the job in landscape (rotated 90 degrees).
Prints on one or two sides of the paper. The value "two-sided-
long-edge" is normally used when printing portrait (unrotated)
pages, while "two-sided-short-edge" is used for landscape pages.
Scales the print file to fit on the page.
Scales image files to use up to number percent of the page. Val-
ues greater than 100 cause the image file to be printed across
Sets the number of characters per inch to use when printing a text
file. The default is 10.
Sets the number of lines per inch to use when printing a text
file. The default is 6.
Sets the page margins when printing text files. The values are in
points - there are 72 points to the inch.
Print a double-sided legal document to a printer called "foo":
lp -d foo -o media=legal -o sides=two-sided-long-edge filename
Print an image across 4 pages:
lp -d bar -o scaling=200 filename
Print a text file with 12 characters per inch, 8 lines per inch, and a
1 inch left margin:
lp -d bar -o cpi=12 -o lpi=8 -o page-left=72 filename
Unlike the System V printing system, CUPS allows printer names to con-
tain any printable character except SPACE, TAB, "/", or "#". Also,
printer and class names are not case-sensitive.
The "q" option accepts a different range of values than the Solaris lp
command, matching the IPP job priority values (1-100, 100 is highest
priority) instead of the Solaris values (0-39, 0 is highest priority).
cancel(1), lpmove(8), lpoptions(1), lpstat(1),
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