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Printer FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1: What's the command to send a job to the printer?
A: lpr -Pprinter_name filename (where printer_name = 3rdFloorHP, 2ndFloorHP, etc...)

Q2: Where can I pick up my output?
A: If you do not specify a printer name with the -P option, output should go to the printer on the same floor as the machine from which the job was submitted. Look here for output locations.

Q3: How can I learn all the available options to the lpr command?
A: type man lpr. This will give you a help page that contains all the available options for lpr.

Q4: How can I find out where my job is in the queue?
A: type lpstat -o -p. This will show you all queued jobs on all printers on the network.

Q5: My job has already started to print, but I need to kill it. How can I do this?
A: Turn the printer off (being careful to prevent a paper jam by cutting power between paper tray accesses). This clears the printer's memory so that the job will not re-seed itself. Once power is restored, the printer should resume activity starting with the next job in the queue. Please do this only if you know that it is indeed your print job being printed at the moment.

Q6: The printer is out of paper. Where can I get more paper for the printer?
A: Extra printer paper is located below member mailboxes in the mail/copy room on the first floor.

Q7: How much paper can be put into each paper tray?
A: One ream (the entire contents of one paper package).

Q8: Is it possible to get double-sided output?
A: Yes. All three printers accessible to the computers in your office print double-sided by default from the computers on the MSRI network. You may also specify it on the command line with lpr -o sides=two-sided.

Q9: Is it possible to get double-sided output and print two pages per sheet?
A: Yes. The option to print multiple sheets per page is -o number-up=pagespersheet. To specify both options on the command line, use lpr -o sides=two-sided -o number-up=2 . Be sure to precede every option you want with -o.

Q10: How can I print from the wireless network?
A: You can connect to any of the three printers by following our wireless printing instructions.