System Administration Guide: Printing

ProcedureHow to Check That the Printer is Ready to Print

  1. Display printer status information.

    # lpstat -p printer-name 

    The information displayed shows whether the printer is idle or active, enabled or disabled, or available or not accepting print requests. If everything looks all right, continue with other procedures in this section. If you cannot run the lpstat command, see How to Unhang the LP Print Service.

  2. If the printer is not available (not accepting requests), allow the printer to accept requests.

    # accept printer-name 

    The printer begins to accept requests into its print queue.

  3. If the printer is disabled, re-enable it.

    # enable printer-name 

    This command re-enables the printer so that it will act on the requests in its queue.