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LPC(8)			FreeBSD	System Manager's Manual			LPC(8)

     lpc -- line printer control program

     lpc [command [argument ...]]

     Lpc is used by the	system administrator to	control	the operation of the
     line printer system.  For each line printer configured in /etc/printcap,
     lpc may be	used to:

	   +o   disable or enable a printer,

	   +o   disable or enable a printer's spooling queue,

	   +o   rearrange the order of jobs in a	spooling queue,

	   +o   find the	status of printers, and	their associated spooling
	       queues and printer daemons.

     Without any arguments, lpc	will prompt for	commands from the standard
     input.  If	arguments are supplied,	lpc interprets the first argument as a
     command and the remaining arguments as parameters to the command.	The
     standard input may	be redirected causing lpc to read commands from	file.
     Commands may be abbreviated; the following	is the list of recognized com-

     ? [command	...]
     help [command ...]
	     Print a short description of each command specified in the	argu-
	     ment list,	or, if no argument is given, a list of the recognized

     abort {all	| printer}
	     Terminate an active spooling daemon on the	local host immediately
	     and then disable printing (preventing new daemons from being
	     started by	lpr(1))	for the	specified printers.

     clean {all	| printer}
	     Remove any	temporary files, data files, and control files that
	     cannot be printed (i.e., do not form a complete printer job) from
	     the specified printer queue(s) on the local machine.  This	com-
	     mand will also look for core files	in spool directory for each
	     printer queue, and	list any that are found.  It will not remove
	     any core files.  See also the tclean command.

     disable {all | printer}
	     Turn the specified	printer	queues off.  This prevents new printer
	     jobs from being entered into the queue by lpr(1).

     down {all | printer} message ...
	     Turn the specified	printer	queue off, disable printing and	put
	     message in	the printer status file.  The message doesn't need to
	     be	quoted,	the remaining arguments	are treated like echo(1).
	     This is normally used to take a printer down and let others know
	     why lpq(1)	will indicate the printer is down and print the	status

     enable {all | printer}
	     Enable spooling on	the local queue	for the	listed printers.  This
	     will allow	lpr(1) to put new jobs in the spool queue.

     quit    Exit from lpc.

     restart {all | printer}
	     Attempt to	start a	new printer daemon.  This is useful when some
	     abnormal condition	causes the daemon to die unexpectedly, leaving
	     jobs in the queue.	 lpq(1)	will report that there is no daemon
	     present when this condition occurs.  If the user is the super-
	     user, try to abort	the current daemon first (i.e.,	kill and
	     restart a stuck daemon).

     start {all	| printer}
	     Enable printing and start a spooling daemon for the listed	print-

     status {all | printer}
	     Display the status	of daemons and queues on the local machine.

     stop {all | printer}
	     Stop a spooling daemon after the current job completes and	dis-
	     able printing.

     tclean {all | printer}
	     This will do a test-run of	the clean command.  All	the same
	     checking is done, but the command will only print out messages
	     saying what a similar clean command would do if the user typed it
	     in.  It will not remove any files.	 Note that the clean command
	     is	a privileged command, while the	tclean command is not

     topq printer [jobnum ...] [user ...]
	     Place the jobs in the order listed	at the top of the printer

     up	{all | printer}
	     Enable everything and start a new printer daemon.	Undoes the
	     effects of	down.

     /etc/printcap	 printer description file
     /var/spool/*	 spool directories
     /var/spool/*/lock	 lock file for queue control

     lpq(1), lpr(1), lprm(1), printcap(5), chkprintcap(8), lpd(8)

     ?Ambiguous	command	 abbreviation matches more than	one command

     ?Invalid command  no match	was found

     ?Privileged command  you must be a	member of group	"operator" or root to
     execute this command

     The lpc command appeared in 4.2BSD.

FreeBSD	11.1			 June 20, 2001			  FreeBSD 11.1


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