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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)



Description of the LP Print Service

The LP print service is a set of software utilities that enables users to print files while continuing to work. Originally, the print service was called the LP spooler. LP represents line printer, but the meaning now includes many other types of printers, such as laser printers. Spool is an acronym for Simultaneous Peripheral Operations Online.

The LP print service consists of the LP print service software, any print filters you might provide, and the hardware, such as the printer, system, and network connections.

The LP print client commands make use of the PAPI to interact with LP (lpsched), RFC-1179 (BSD/LPD protocol), and IPP-based servers. IPP support is capable of interacting with CUPS servers by using its native IPP service. With the introduction of this API support, several common BSD and SysV printing commands use the PAPI interface. As a result, the new command implementations work with a number of existing print services. A portion of this development includes server-side support for IPP that is also layered on the API. This support is implemented as a set of protocol-specific libraries and as an Apache module, Versions 1 and 2. Similar to the print command implementation, the IPP listening service can be used with any print service that has PAPI support. The RFC-1179 server-side support is also layered on the PAPI.

For additional information about the LP print service, see LP Print Service.