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1.  Introduction to Printing in the Oracle Solaris Operating System

What's New in Printing?

CUPS Replaces the LP Print Service as the Default Print Service

Access to Print Management Tools From the GNOME Desktop

Print Manager for LP

Automatic Printer Discovery

Privilege Requirements for Using Print Commands

Overview of the Oracle Solaris Printing Architecture

Implementation of the Open Standard Print API

Print Client Commands

Definition of a Print Server and a Print Client

Description of the Internet Printing Protocol

Description of the RFC-1179 Printing Protocol

IPP Compared to the RFC-1179 Protocol

Description of the SMB Protocol

What Is Samba?

Using Printing Protocols in the Oracle Solaris Release

CUPS Support in Oracle Solaris

Description of Oracle Solaris Print Manager

Description of the LP Print Service

Where to Find Printing Tasks

2.  Planning for Printing (Tasks)

3.  Setting Up and Administering Printers by Using CUPS (Tasks)

4.  Setting Up and Administering Printers by Using Print Manager for LP (Tasks)

5.  Setting Up and Administering Printers by Using Oracle Solaris Print Manager (Tasks)

6.  Setting Up Printers by Using LP Print Commands (Tasks)

7.  Administering Printers by Using LP Print Commands (Tasks)

8.  Customizing LP Printing Services and Printers (Tasks)

9.  Administering the LP Print Scheduler and Managing Print Requests (Tasks)

10.  Administering Printers on a Network (Tasks)

11.  Administering Character Sets, Filters, Forms, and Fonts (Tasks)

12.  Administering Printers by Using the PPD File Management Utility (Tasks)

13.  Printing in the Oracle Solaris Operating System (Reference)

14.  Troubleshooting Printing Problems in the Oracle Solaris OS (Tasks)



IPP Compared to the RFC-1179 Protocol

The RFC-1179 protocol has served for decades as the standard network printing protocol. The protocol was originally designed to perform a very limited set of operations. The RFC-1179 protocol lacks a common representation for status information. In addition, this protocol offers only basic print job options. Conversely, the design of IPP includes features that are lacking in the RFC-1179 and BSD protocols. With IPP, a broad set of operations can be performed. These operations make use of a core set of common attributes by using a common representation and encoding method. Also, IPP enables encryption and authentication to be used between a print client and a print server. Finally, IPP provides a means for extending operations and attributes, while maintaining backward compatibility and interoperability. One of the results of the evolution of the RFC-1179 protocol is that it has several conflicting vendor extensions to overcome, making IPP the preferred choice of printing protocols.