The command 'printers' should give you a list of printers availlable to people at the observatory, and the location of them. After selecting the closest one to you (or one a little further in case you missed your workout) you can print (postscript!) files with the command
'lpr -P[your printer] myfile.ps'
Alternatively you can print !any! file with
print myfile.anyextension. Print is a program that determines the type of file to be printed and then selects the appropiate program that can make postscript from the to-be-printed file.
When you think you wouldn't mind using your selected printer for a longer period you can set it as default with the command
'setenv PRINTER [your printer]'. This line, when inserted in the .settings file in your homedirectory, will allow you to print any postscript file with just
To find out what the print status of your print job is you can type the command:
lpq -P[your printer]. The ordering of the jobs is top is actively being printed, down in the list wil be printer later.
If you by accident queued a wrong file in the printer queue you may remove your entries by having noted the job ID number and running the command:
lprm [ID number], or
lprm -P[your printer] [ID number].
Recently, we are experiencing lots of printer errors. These are usually caused by strange postscript or pdf files that fail to print. If you see a printer displaying such an error, first check if your print job is the first in the queue. if it is, it's probably your job that caused the error somehow, so DON'T sent the same job to all the other printers to see if it print there.
Often, these jobs are truncated due to lack of disk space, either in your user home disk quota, or in the /var partition of your computer where the job is spooled before printing. Check and solve these problems first, and chances are that the printing problem will be solved also.
Acrobat reader can cause such an error if “download Asian fonts” is checked in the print dialog, since we don't have those fonts, it will cause an incomplete print job to be sent to the printer.
For environmental, and financial, reasons you are encouraged (read urged) to use the double-sided printers for your normal printing jobs. They are hp52 and op52. The colorprinters already print on both sides by default. When printing drafts you can also use the program 'psnup' to output two pages on one sheet. A working example is: 'cat somefile.ps | psnup -2 | lpr -P[your printer]' (2 pages on one) or (When you don't need glasses) 'cat somefile.ps | psnup -4 | lpr -P[your printer]' (4 pages on one)
sample output of 'printers' (but, run the command to see the actual list off printers!):
|ewine_desk||Personal printer for Ewine van Dishoeck||HP LaserJet 2420 Postscript|
|gerstel_desk||Personal printer for Evelijn Gerstel and Els Heijsman||HP Color LaserJet cp2025dn|
|hl5copier||Huygens Lab 5th floor||Canon copier iR-ADV C5250/5255 ( download driver)|
|hp1||Huygens Lab 1st floor B/W, Room 125||HP LaserJet p3010|
|hp5||Huygens Lab 5th floor B/W||HP LaserJet p4515|
|hpcolor||Huygens Lab 5th floor Color||HP Color LaserJet CP4025|
|hpcolor11||Huygens Lab 11th floor Color||HP Color LaserJet M451|
|huub_desk||Personal printer for Huub Rottgering||Local Raw Printer|
|koen_desk||Personal printer for Koen Kuijken||HP LaserJet 6MP|
|marijn_desk||Personal printer for Marijn Franx||HP LaserJet 6MP|
|miley_desk||Personal printer for George Miley||HP LaserJet 400 M401|
|novaoffice||Room 433||HP Color LaserJet cp2025n|
|oort4copier||Corridor Oort 4th floor||Canon copier iR-ADV C5250/5255 ( download driver)|
|hl5copier||Corridor Huygens 5th floor||Canon copier iR-ADV C5250/5255 ( download driver)|
|hl11copier||Corridor Huygens 11th floor||Canon copier iR-ADV C5250/5255 ( download driver)|
|op5||Corridor Oort 5th floor B/W||HP LaserJet p4515|
|opcolor||Corridor Oort 4th floor Color||HP Color LaserJet 4700|
|opcolor5||Corridor Oort 5th floor Color||HP Color LaserJet 4600|
|rudolf_desk||Personal printer for Rudolf Lepoole||HP Business Inkjet 1200|
|schaye_desk||Personal printer for Joop Schaye||HP Color LaserJet 2605dn|
|secr1||Corridor Oort 4th under staircase||HP Color LaserJet 3000|
|secr3||Room 469||HP Color LaserJet cp2025dn|
|sysadmin1||Room 408||HP LaserJet 400 color M451dn|
|lorentz_big||Corridor Oort 2nd floor Color||HP Color LaserJet 5520dn|
|lorentz_small||Corridor Oort 2nd floor Color||HP Color Laserjet 3000dn|