Figure 43 Select the Print Queue Type

Select the print queue type that applies to your configuration. When you select any of the networked print queues, you have to identify the server and remote queue name using the syntax appropriate for that type of queue. For example, if you want to set up a print queue directed at a Windows (SMB) printer, you have to identify the printer by using the following syntax:


On the other hand, for remote CUPS or LPD queues, you specify the server's hostname and the queue's name (as defined on that remote server).

If you select a locally connected printer, you should see the parallel port device (/dev/lp0) listed. If you want to connect the printer to another port (such as serial port or USB), you can click the Custom device button. Then enter the device name (such as /dev/ttyS0 for the first serial port or /dev/usb/lp0 for the first USB printer) in the dialog box that appears. After specifying the device, click Forward and the wizard takes you to the next step, where you select a print driver from a list. Click the drop-down list (above the scrolling list) and a list of printer manufacturers appears. Select the printer manufacturer, and the scrolling list displays the names of different printer models from that manufacturer, as shown in Figure 4-4 (for Epson).

Figure 4-4: Select a Printer Manufacturer and Model.

You can then select your printer model from the list. If you have a PostScript printer, you can simply go to the Generic list (Generic is one of the choices in the manufacturer list) and select PostScript printer. After selecting the print driver, click Forward to continue. This brings you to the final screen, as shown in Figure 4-5.


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Figure 4-5: Finish Creating the New Print Queue.

This step displays a message that tells you what print queue you are about to create. Click Finish to complete the task.

A dialog box prompts you if you want to print a test page. Click Yes. This applies all the changes and restarts cupsd, the print scheduler daemon that takes care of printing. (A daemon is essentially a background process that runs as long as the system is up.) The printer should print a test page. A message box appears asking you to check the test page. Click OK to dismiss the message box.

Now, the new print queue should appear in the printer configuration window, and you should be able to submit print jobs to this queue. To quit the printer configuration tool select Action O Quit or close the printer configuration window by clicking the X button in the upper-right corner of the window's frame.

If you did not print a test page when you initially set up the print queue, you can always do so from the Test menu in the printer configuration tool. Click the print queue in the Printer configuration window, and then select Test O CUPS Test page from the menu to print a test page on the printer.

The next section describes some of the commands you can use to print and check the status of print jobs.

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