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PRINTERS(1M)			Printing Tools			  PRINTERS(1M)

NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

     printers -	graphical printer manager command

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

     printers [	X toolkit options ]

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

     printers provides a graphical interface to	the System V print spooling
     system.  It allows	the user to easily add,	remove,	and configure
     printers.	It also	has commands for setting the system default printer,
     setting printer specific options, and viewing the job queue of a
     particular	printer.

     printers is typically started by using the	"Printer Manager" command on
     the "System" menu of the toolchest(1).  printers can also be started from
     the "System Manager" (chost(1M)) or the command line.

USER INTERFACE    [Toc]    [Back]

     printers' window consists of an icon window and a menu bar.

   Icon	Window
     The icon window displays an icon for each printer that is installed on
     the system.  The Printer Name, Hostname, and Printer Type are listed next
     to	each icon.  If there are more icons than can fit in the	window,	the
     scroll bar	to the right can be used to access them.

     An	icon can be dragged from printers and dropped onto the desktop for
     convenient	access.	 Dropping a file icon on top of	an icon	in the
     printers icon window prints that file.  Double clicking an	icon in	the
     printer icon window launches printstatus(1) for that printer.  This is
     equivalent	to the "Show Queue" menu command (see below).

     The menu commands "Change Connection...", "Set Default", "Delete...",
     "Show Queue...", "Set Options...",	and "Send Test Page", described	below,
     each require that a printer in the	icon window be selected.  To select a
     printer, click with the mouse on its icon.

     The menu commands "Add...", "Change Connection...", "Set Default",	and
     "Delete..." are privileged	operations that	only the Super User (root) or
     users who have been designated as Privileged Users	(are in	LP group) are
     allowed to	perform.  If you do not	meet these criteria, you will be
     prompted for the login and	password of a privileged user.	If there is no
     root password on the system then there are	no restrictions.

   Menu	Bar
     printers' menu bar	contains three pull-down menus:	Printer, Arrange, and

     The Printer menu has commands that	act on printers.  They are:

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     "Add..."	    Bring up the Add dialog (see below)	for adding a printer
		    to the system.

     "Change Connection..."
		    Bring up the Change	Connection dialog (see below) for
		    changing the connection of or reinstalling the selected

     "Set Default"  Make the selected printer the system default printer.

     "Delete..."    Delete the selected	printer.  You will be prompted for
		    confirmation before	the selected printer is	deleted	from
		    the	system.

     "Show Queue..."
		    Launch printstatus for the selected	printer.  printstatus
		    shows you the printer's job	queue as well as its
		    operational	status.

     "Set Options..."
		    Bring up the printer specific options panel	for the
		    selected printer (see glp(1)).  The	options	panel can be
		    used to select printer options which can then be saved so
		    that they apply to all print jobs submitted	by you or (if
		    printers is	running	as root) any user that does not	have
		    his	or her own options set.

     "Send Test	Page"
		    Submit a test page to the selected printer.

     "Quit"	    Dismiss printers.

     The Arrange menu contains the following commands:

     "by Printer Name"
		    Sort the icons in the icon window by the Printer Name

     "by Hostname"  Sort the icons in the icon window by the Hostname field.

     "by Printer Type"
		    Sort the icons in the icon window by the Printer Type

     The Help menu contains commands for accessing the on-line help system.

   The Add dialog    [Toc]    [Back]
     The Add dialog is used to add new printers	to the system.	All new
     printers must have	a New Printer Name specified which is different	from
     the names of any printers that are	already	installed.

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     Select a Connection Type of Local if the printer you are adding is
     physically	connected to the workstation that printers is running on.  If
     the printer you are adding	is connected to	another	workstation, it	must
     first be configured on that workstation (using the	printers tool).	 Then
     it	can be added as	a network printer by selecting a Connection Type of

     For Local printers, the following must be specified:

     Printer Type   This is the	make and model of the printer you are
		    installing.	 The list shows	you all	the kinds of printers
		    for	which you have software	support	installed.  If your
		    printer does not show up in	this list, you may have	to
		    install or purchase	more software.

		    After you select Printer Type, any Connection (see below)
		    that is incompatible with that Printer Type	will be

     Connection	    Select Parallel, SCSI, or Serial, depending	on how your
		    printer is physically attached to your workstation.	 More
		    controls will appear below the Connection buttons for
		    specifying the specific Parallel, SCSI, or Serial

		    After selecting a Connection, each Printer Type that is
		    compatible with that connection will be displayed in bold.

     For Network printers, the following must be specified:

     Remote Host Name
		    This is the	name of	the workstation	that has the printer
		    physically attached.  Pressing the List Printers button
		    after filling in the Remote	Host Name causes printers to
		    get	the list of available printers from the	remote host.

     Remote Printer Name
		    This is the	name of	the printer as installed on the	remote
		    workstation.  If you used the List Printers	button to fill
		    in the Printer List, you can click on one of the printers
		    in the list	to fill	in the Remote Printer Name field.

     Once you have specified all of the	information necessary to add a
     printer, press the	OK button to add the printer and dismiss the Add
     dialog, or	press the Apply	button to add the printer without dismissing
     the Add dialog.

   The Change Connection dialog    [Toc]    [Back]
     The Change	Connection dialog is identical to the Add dialog, except that
     the Printer Name is already specified and you cannot edit it.  When the
     dialog first comes	up, it is initialized with the information that	was
     used to add that printer; make any	changes	you wish and press OK.

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     The Change	Connection dialog can be used to reconfigure printers after
     you have installed	new printer support software.  Simply bring up the
     Change Connection dialog and press	OK without changing any	of the fields
     for each printer you have installed on the	system.

     Using the Change Connection dialog	to reconfigure a printer that has jobs
     in	its queue may have some	side effects.  The currently printing job may
     be	lost, and if the printer's type	was changed there may be jobs in the
     queue that	the printer will no longer be able to print.

FILES    [Toc]    [Back]

     /usr/lib/X11/app-defaults/Printers	   Program resource file
     /var/spool/lp			   Directory for System	V spooling

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

     printstatus(1), glp(1), lp(1), toolchest(1), fm(1G), mkcentpr(1M),
     mkserialpr(1M), mkscsipr(1M), rmprinter(1M), reinstallpr(1M),
     lpsched(1M), lpadmin(1M), chost(1M).

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