lp -- front-end to the print spooler
lp [-cs] [-o option] [-d printer] [-n num] [name ...]
The lp utility is a front-end to the print spooler as required by the
IEEE Std 1003.2 (``POSIX.2'') specification. It effectively invokes
lpr(1) with the proper set of arguments.
It generally prints the named files on the destination printer.
The following options are available:
-c Make the lp command exit only after further access to any of the
input files is no longer required. The application can then
safely delete or modify the files without affecting the output
Specify a particular printer. If no -d is provided on the command
line, the contents of the environment variables LPDEST or
PRINTER (with this precedence) are taken as the destination
-n num Specify that num copies of each of the named files shall be
Printer specific options. Not supported, provided only as a compatibility
option for SVR.
-s Silent operation. Not supported, provided only as a compatibility
option for Version 2 of the Single UNIX Specification
As described above, the variables LPDEST and PRINTER are examined to
select the destination printer.
The lp command is expected to comply with the IEEE Std 1003.2
This implementation of the lp command has been written by Jorg Wunsch.
The IEEE Std 1003.2 (``POSIX.2'') specification does not provide any
means to print non-text files. It rather requires the files to be
printed to be text files limited to reasonable line lengths and printable
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