printconfig - Used to add, delete, or modify printer configurations
/usr/sbin/printconfig [-ui gui [x resources] | menu]
Specifies the user interface to be invoked. The choices
are: Specifies graphical user interface. Specifies menu
The x resources are standard X11 resource options. For
more information, see the X(1X) reference page.
Use the Printer Configuration application, printconfig, to
add, delete, or modify printer configurations for this
workstation's local and remote printers. For each printer
that you configure, you can choose the standard printer
configuration or customize the configuration.
You must have root privileges to run this application.
The printconfig command has two user interface options:
Graphical user interface (GUI) Menu interface (Menu)
Running the Graphical User Interface Option:
To start printconfig from the graphical user interface, do
the following: Click on the Application Manager icon on
the CDE front panel. Double click on the System_Admin
application group icon. Double click on the Configuration
application group icon. Double click on the Print icon.
To start printconfig from the xterm, enter the following
command from the xterm: /usr/sbin/printconfig
Note that the validation checking in the GUI interface is
more strict than that used by the menu interface. If the
GUI interface rejects an attribute value you believe to be
acceptable, try the menu interface.
Running the Menu Interface Option:
To start the printconfig menu interface, enter the following
command from the xterm: printconfig -ui menu
This option invokes lprsetup. For more information, see
the lprsetup(8) reference page.
Running Online Help:
You can view the Printer Configuration online help volume
without running the application. To open the Printer Configuration
help volume from the command line, enter the
following command: /usr/dt/bin/dthelpview -helpVolume \
You can also view online help for this application by
choosing Help from the menu bar in the GUI version. The
Help pulldown menu is displayed, providing the following
Overview: Displays the Overview section of the help volume,
which describes the purpose of the application, how
to run the application, and how to exit the application.
Tasks: Displays the Tasks section of the help volume,
which describes how to use the application to perform various
Reference: Displays the Reference section of the help volume,
which describes all dialog boxes and dialog box components
in the application.
On Item: Activates the On Item help functionality by displaying
a question mark as the cursor. When the cursor is
positioned on any component in the application and you
click on the component, a Help Viewer window is opened and
the help for the selected component is displayed in the
Using Help: Displays the standard CDE instructions on how
to use the Help Viewer.
About: Displays version, copyright, and trademark information
for the application.
The following restrictions apply when using older versions
of printcap files, at Version 3.2 or earlier: In Verion
4.0 /etc/printcap files, the system assigns printers names
lp[0-9]*, [0-9]*, and for the default printer, lp . For
example, the default printer may have a name field such as
lp0|0|lp|default|declaser3500:... and another printer may
be lp7|7|some_alias|another alias:... As a result, the
system will have difficulty with printers that have less
than two names or that use these reserved names as
aliases. Some of the attribute value checking is different.
For example, some fields that were not required now
are, and some attributes values that were legal no longer
are. The printconfig utility requires that all comments
be associated with a printer. As a result, comments
appearing after the last printer will be deleted.
To avoid these problems, invoke printconfig with the menu
interface as follows: # printconfig -ui menu
This command invokes the lprsetup command line utility,
which is fully compatible with earlier printcap files.
The following example shows how to start the printconfig
menu interface from the command line: printconfig -ui menu
Contains the current printer configurations printconfig
modifies the contents of this file Contains the known
printer types and their default attribute values for creating
new printer configurations Specifies the environment
variables that define the PRINTCONFIG configuration on
Commands: lpr(1), latcp(8), lpd(8), rc.config(8)
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