Printer Configuration Tool allows users to configure a printer. This tool helps maintain the printer configuration file, print spool directories, print filters, and printer classes.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.10 uses the Common Unix Printing System (CUPS
). If a system was upgraded from a previous Red Hat Enterprise Linux version that used CUPS, the upgrade process preserves the configured queues.
Using Printer Configuration Tool requires root privileges. To start the application, select System (on the panel) > > , or type the command
system-config-printer at a shell prompt.
Figure 38.1. Printer Configuration Tool
The following types of print queues can be configured:
— a printer connected directly to the network through HP JetDirect or Appsocket interface instead of a computer.
— a printer that can be accessed over a TCP/IP network via the Internet Printing Protocol (for example, a printer attached to another Red Hat Enterprise Linux system running CUPS on the network).
— a printer attached to a different UNIX system that can be accessed over a TCP/IP network (for example, a printer attached to another Red Hat Enterprise Linux system running LPD on the network).
— a printer attached to a different system which is sharing a printer over an SMB network (for example, a printer attached to a Microsoft
— a printer connected directly to the network through HP JetDirect instead of a computer.
If you add a new print queue or modify an existing one, you must apply the changes for them to take effect.
button prompts the printer daemon to restart with the changes you have configured.
button discards unapplied changes.
38.1. Adding a Local Printer
To add a local printer, such as one attached through a parallel port or USB port on your computer, click the Printer Configuration Tool
window to display the window in Figure 38.2, “Adding a Printer”
button in the main
Figure 38.2. Adding a Printer
Enter a unique name for the printer in the Printer Name field. The printer name can contain letters, numbers, dashes (-), and underscores (_); it must not contain any spaces.
You can also use the Description and Location fields to further distinguish this printer from others that may be configured on your system. Both of these fields are optional, and may contain spaces.
Click New Printer
dialogue (refer to Figure 38.3, “Adding a Local Printer”
). If the printer has been automatically detected, the printer model appears in Select Connection
. Select the printer model and click to continue.
to open the
If the device does not automatically appear, select the device to which the printer is connected (such as LPT #1 or Serial Port #1) in Select Connection.
Figure 38.3. Adding a Local Printer