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Also referred to as the BSD protocol, the Request for Comments (RFC–1179) protocol is an existing over-the-wire protocol that is widely used for communicating between print clients and servers and network-attached printers that are configured by using the LP print service or Oracle Solaris Print Manager. The RFC-1179 describes the protocol that a line printer daemon client uses to control printing. Developed originally for BSD UNIX, the RFC-1179 printing protocol has long been the cross-platform standard for printing. You can use this protocol to perform basic printing tasks, such as submitting and canceling print jobs, and obtaining print job status. The RFC-1179 protocol is able to communicate with Line Printer Daemon (LPD) protocol based print servers and any other print server that accepts the BSD printing protocol. Many network-attached printers offer this protocol as an option for transferring job data.