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lpadmin [options]

System administration command. Configure CUPS printer queues. The command requires one of the following options: -d, -p, or -x. When a queue is configured to require a password, the lpadmin command will prompt for one.


-d queue

Set the default destination for CUPS commands like lp and lpr to the specified queue.


Always use encryption when connecting to the server.

-h server

Apply configuration commands remotely to the specified CUPS server.

-p printer print-options

Apply print-options (documented below) to the specified printer.

-x queue

Delete the specified queue. Abort any current print job and discard any pending print jobs.

Print options

Use these additional options with the -p option listed above.

-c class

Add printer to the specified class. Create class if it does not already exist.

-D description

Set the text description of the printer.


Enable printer.

-L location

Set the printer location text.

-i script

Use the specified System V-style interface script.

-m filename

Use the specified System V interface script or PPD file found in the model directory.

-o name=value

Set the value of PPD or server option name. For a list of available PPD options, use the lpoptions command.

-P filename

Use the PPD specified by filename. This option overrides the -i printer option.

-r class

Remove printer from the specified class. Remove class if it has no printer entries.

-u allow:[@] name, -u deny:[@] name

Set user level access control. To specify a group instead of a user name, preface the name with @. You may also use the special names all and none.

-v uri

Set the device universal resource indicator, uri. If given as a filename, the command will automatically convert it to a file URI.

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