Sharing Printers on a Network

Both the IPP and LPD printing protocols are inherently network-enabled. Although they can be used for purely local printer control, they can also work over a network. Typical printer configuration utilities, including those provided with Apsfilter and CUPS, make configuring the use of a remote printer fairly straightforward—instead of listing a local printer device file, such as /dev/lpO, you specify the hostname and queue name of a remote printer. The tricky part of network printing involves controlling access to the print server. Each of the three print server packages described in this chapter has its own authorization procedures. Another potentially tricky topic is using printers that are shared via protocols other than LPD or IPP, such as printers shared from Windows or Mac OS computers.

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