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Queuing your print

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]'

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 'print'.

Tracking your printjob

To find out what the print status of your print job is you can type the command: lpq or 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].

Printer errors

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.

doublesided printers

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 | psnup -2 | lpr -P[your printer]' (2 pages on one) or (When you don't need glasses) 'cat | 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!):

Known print queues

ewine_deskPersonal printer for Ewine van DishoeckHP LaserJet 2420 Postscript
gerstel_deskPersonal printer for Evelijn Gerstel and Els HeijsmanHP Color LaserJet cp2025dn
hl5copierHuygens Lab 5th floorCanon copier iR-ADV C5250/5255 ( download driver)
hp1Huygens Lab 1st floor B/W, Room 125HP LaserJet p3010
hp5Huygens Lab 5th floor B/WHP LaserJet p4515
hpcolorHuygens Lab 5th floor ColorHP Color LaserJet CP4025
hpcolor11Huygens Lab 11th floor Color HP Color LaserJet M451
huub_deskPersonal printer for Huub RottgeringLocal Raw Printer
koen_deskPersonal printer for Koen KuijkenHP LaserJet 6MP
marijn_deskPersonal printer for Marijn FranxHP LaserJet 6MP
miley_deskPersonal printer for George MileyHP LaserJet 400 M401
novaofficeRoom 433HP Color LaserJet cp2025n
oort4copierCorridor Oort 4th floorCanon copier iR-ADV C5250/5255 ( download driver)
hl5copierCorridor Huygens 5th floorCanon copier iR-ADV C5250/5255 ( download driver)
hl11copierCorridor Huygens 11th floorCanon copier iR-ADV C5250/5255 ( download driver)
op5Corridor Oort 5th floor B/WHP LaserJet p4515
opcolorCorridor Oort 4th floor ColorHP Color LaserJet 4700
opcolor5Corridor Oort 5th floor ColorHP Color LaserJet 4600
rudolf_deskPersonal printer for Rudolf LepooleHP Business Inkjet 1200
schaye_deskPersonal printer for Joop Schaye HP Color LaserJet 2605dn
secr1Corridor Oort 4th under staircaseHP Color LaserJet 3000
secr3Room 469HP Color LaserJet cp2025dn
sysadmin1Room 408HP 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
printing.txt · Last modified: 2023/08/15 06:34 by venemans