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backend(7)			  Apple	Inc.			    backend(7)

NAME
       backend - cups backend transmission interfaces

SYNOPSIS
       backend
       backend job user	title num-copies options [ filename ]

       #include	<cups/cups.h>

       const char *cupsBackendDeviceURI(char **argv);

       void cupsBackendReport(const char *device_scheme,
			      const char *device_uri,
			      const char *device_make_and_model,
			      const char *device_info,
			      const char *device_id,
			      const char *device_location);

       ssize_t cupsBackChannelWrite(const char *buffer,
				    size_t bytes, double timeout);

       int cupsSideChannelRead(cups_sc_command_t *command,
			       cups_sc_status_t	*status, char *data,
			       int *datalen, double timeout);

       int cupsSideChannelWrite(cups_sc_command_t command,
				cups_sc_status_t status, const char *data,
				int datalen, double timeout);

DESCRIPTION
       Backends	 are  a	 special type of filter(7) which is used to send print
       data to and discover different devices on the system.

       Like filters, backends must be capable of reading from  a  filename  on
       the command-line	or from	the standard input, copying the	standard input
       to a temporary file as required by the physical interface.

       The command name	(argv[0]) is set to the	device URI of the  destination
       printer.	  Authentication information in	argv[0]	is removed, so backend
       developers are urged to use the DEVICE_URI environment  variable	 when-
       ever authentication information is required. The	cupsBackendDeviceURI()
       function	may be used to retrieve	the correct device URI.

       Back-channel data from the device should	be relayed to the job  filters
       using the cupsBackChannelWrite function.

       Backends	 are  responsible  for reading side-channel requests using the
       cupsSideChannelRead() function and responding with the cupsSideChannel-
       Write()	function.  The CUPS_SC_FD constant defines the file descriptor
       that should be monitored	for incoming requests.

   DEVICE DISCOVERY
       When run	with no	arguments, the backend should  list  the  devices  and
       schemes it supports or is advertising to	the standard output.  The out-
       put consists of zero or more lines consisting of	any of	the  following
       forms:

	   device-class	scheme "Unknown" "device-info"
	   device-class	device-uri "device-make-and-model" "device-info"
	   device-class	device-uri "device-make-and-model" "device-info" "device-id"
	   device-class	device-uri "device-make-and-model" "device-info" "device-id" "device-location"

       The  cupsBackendReport()	 function  can be used to generate these lines
       and handle any necessary	escaping of characters in the various strings.

       The device-class	field is one of	the following values:

       direct
	    The	device-uri refers to a specific	direct-access device  with  no
	    options, such as a parallel, USB, or SCSI device.

       file The	device-uri refers to a file on disk.

       network
	    The	 device-uri  refers  to	a networked device and conforms	to the
	    general form for network URIs.

       serial
	    The	device-uri refers to a serial device  with  configurable  baud
	    rate  and other options.  If the device-uri	contains a baud	value,
	    it represents the maximum baud rate	supported by the device.

       The scheme field	provides the URI scheme	that is	supported by the back-
       end.   Backends should use this form only when the backend supports any
       URI using that scheme.  The device-uri field specifies the full URI  to
       use when	communicating with the device.

       The device-make-and-model field specifies the make and model of the de-
       vice, e.g. "Example Foojet 2000".  If the make and model	is not	known,
       you must	report "Unknown".

       The  device-info	 field	specifies additional information about the de-
       vice.  Typically	this includes the make and model along with  the  port
       number or network address, e.g. "Example	Foojet 2000 USB	#1".

       The  optional  device-id	field specifies	the IEEE-1284 device ID	string
       for the device, which is	used to	select a matching driver.

       The optional device-location field specifies the	physical  location  of
       the  device,  which  is often used to pre-populate the printer-location
       attribute when adding a printer.

   PERMISSIONS
       Backends	without	world read and execute permissions are run as the root
       user.   Otherwise,  the	backend	 is run	using an unprivileged user ac-
       count, typically	"lp".

EXIT STATUS
       The following exit codes	are defined for	backends:

       CUPS_BACKEND_OK
	    The	print file was successfully transmitted	to the device  or  re-
	    mote server.

       CUPS_BACKEND_FAILED
	    The	 print	file was not successfully transmitted to the device or
	    remote server.  The	scheduler will respond to  this	 by  canceling
	    the	 job, retrying the job,	or stopping the	queue depending	on the
	    state of the printer-error-policy attribute.

       CUPS_BACKEND_AUTH_REQUIRED
	    The	print file was not successfully	transmitted because valid  au-
	    thentication  information is required.  The	scheduler will respond
	    to this by holding the job and adding the 'cups-held-for-authenti-
	    cation' keyword to the "job-reasons" Job Description attribute.

       CUPS_BACKEND_HOLD
	    The	 print file was	not successfully transmitted because it	cannot
	    be printed at this time.  The scheduler will respond  to  this  by
	    holding the	job.

       CUPS_BACKEND_STOP
	    The	 print file was	not successfully transmitted because it	cannot
	    be printed at this time.  The scheduler will respond  to  this  by
	    stopping the queue.

       CUPS_BACKEND_CANCEL
	    The	 print	file  was  not successfully transmitted	because	one or
	    more attributes are	not supported or the job was canceled  at  the
	    printer.  The scheduler will respond to this by canceling the job.

       CUPS_BACKEND_RETRY
	    The	 print file was	not successfully transmitted because of	a tem-
	    porary issue.  The scheduler will retry the	job at a future	time -
	    other jobs may print before	this one.

       CUPS_BACKEND_RETRY_CURRENT
	    The	 print file was	not successfully transmitted because of	a tem-
	    porary issue.  The scheduler will retry the	job immediately	 with-
	    out	allowing intervening jobs.

       All other exit code values are reserved.

ENVIRONMENT
       In  addition  to	 the  environment variables listed in cups(1) and fil-
       ter(7), CUPS backends can expect	the following environment variable:

       DEVICE_URI
	    The	device URI associated with the printer.

FILES
       /usr/local/etc/cups/cups-files.conf

NOTES
       CUPS backends are not generally designed	to  be	run  directly  by  the
       user.   Aside  from the device URI issue	( argv[0] and DEVICE_URI envi-
       ronment variable	contain	the device URI),  CUPS	backends  also	expect
       specific	 environment variables and file	descriptors, and typically run
       in a user session that (on macOS) has additional	restrictions that  af-
       fect  how it runs.  Backends can	also be	installed with restricted per-
       missions	(0500 or 0700) that tell the scheduler	to  run	 them  as  the
       "root"  user  instead  of  an unprivileged user (typically "lp")	on the
       system.

       Unless you are a	developer and know what	you are	doing, please  do  not
       run  backends  directly.	  Instead, use the lp(1) or lpr(1) programs to
       send print jobs or lpinfo(8) to query for available printers using  the
       backend.	  The one exception is the SNMP	backend	- see cups-snmp(8) for
       more information.

NOTES
       CUPS printer drivers and	backends are deprecated	and will no longer  be
       supported  in  a	 future	feature	release	of CUPS.  Printers that	do not
       support	 IPP   can   be	  supported   using   applications   such   as
       ippeveprinter(1).

SEE ALSO
       cups(1),	 cups-files.conf(5), cups-snmp(8), cupsd(8), filter(7),	lp(1),
       lpinfo(8), lpr(1),
       CUPS Online Help	(http://localhost:631/help)

COPYRIGHT
       Copyright (C) 2007-2019 by Apple	Inc.

26 April 2019			     CUPS			    backend(7)

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