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LPQ(1)			FreeBSD	General	Commands Manual			LPQ(1)

NAME
     lpq -- spool queue	examination program

SYNOPSIS
     lpq [-a] [-l] [-Pprinter] [job # ...] [user ...]

DESCRIPTION
     The lpq utility examines the spooling area	used by	lpd(8) for printing
     files on the line printer,	and reports the	status of the specified	jobs
     or	all jobs associated with a user.  The lpq utility invoked without any
     arguments reports on any jobs currently in	the queue.

     Options:

     -P	     Specify a particular printer, otherwise the default line printer
	     is	used (or the value of the PRINTER variable in the environ-
	     ment).  All other arguments supplied are interpreted as user
	     names or job numbers to filter out	only those jobs	of interest.

     -l	     Information about each of the files comprising the	job entry is
	     printed.  Normally, only as much information as will fit on one
	     line is displayed.

     -a	     Report on the local queues	for all	printers, rather than just the
	     specified printer.

     For each job submitted (i.e., invocation of lpr(1)) lpq reports the
     user's name, current rank in the queue, the names of files	comprising the
     job, the job identifier (a	number which may be supplied to	lprm(1)	for
     removing a	specific job), and the total size in bytes.  Job ordering is
     dependent on the algorithm	used to	scan the spooling directory and	is
     supposed to be FIFO (First	in First Out).	File names comprising a	job
     may be unavailable	(when lpr(1) is	used as	a sink in a pipeline) in which
     case the file is indicated	as ``(standard input)''.

     If	lpq warns that there is	no daemon present (i.e., due to	some malfunc-
     tion), the	lpc(8) command can be used to restart the printer daemon.

ENVIRONMENT
     If	the following environment variable exists, it is used by lpq:

     PRINTER  Specifies	an alternate default printer.

FILES
     /etc/printcap	To determine printer characteristics.
     /var/spool/*	The spooling directory,	as determined from printcap.
     /var/spool/*/cf*	Control	files specifying jobs.
     /var/spool/*/lock	The lock file to obtain	the currently active job.

DIAGNOSTICS
     Unable to open various files.  The	lock file being	malformed.  Garbage
     files when	there is no daemon active, but files in	the spooling direc-
     tory.

SEE ALSO
     lpr(1), lprm(1), lpc(8), lpd(8)

HISTORY
     A lpq utility appeared in 3BSD.

BUGS
     Due to the	dynamic	nature of the information in the spooling directory
     lpq may report unreliably.	 Output	formatting is sensitive	to the line
     length of the terminal; this can results in widely	spaced columns.

FreeBSD	9.3			April 28, 1995			   FreeBSD 9.3

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