ENABLE(1) User Commands ENABLE(1)


NAME


enable, disable - enable/disable LP printers

SYNOPSIS


/usr/bin/enable printer...


/usr/bin/disable [-c | -W] [-r [reason]] printer...


DESCRIPTION


The enable command activates printers, enabling them to print requests
submitted by the lp command. enable must be run on the printer server.


The disable command deactivates printers, disabling them from printing
requests submitted by the lp command. By default, any requests that are
currently printing on printer are reprinted in their entirety either on
printer or another member of the same class of printers. The disable
command must be run on the print server.


Use lpstat -p to check the status of printers.


Generally, enable and disable are run on the print server to control
local print queues. Under some configurations, they can also be run on
client systems when IPP is being used to communicate between client and
server.

OPTIONS


The following options are supported for use with disable:

-c
Cancels any requests that are currently printing on
printer. This option cannot be used with the -W option. If
the printer is remote, the -c option is silently ignored.


-W
Waits until the request currently being printed is
finished before disabling printer. This option cannot be
used with the -c option. If the printer is remote, the -W
option is silently ignored.


-r [reason]
Assigns a reason for the disabling of the printer(s). This
reason applies to all printers specified. This reason is
reported by lpstat -p. Enclose reason in quotes if it
contains blanks. The default reason is unknown reason for
the existing printer, and "new printer" for a printer
added to the system but not yet enabled.


OPERANDS


The following operand is supported for both enable and disable:

printer
The name of the printer to be enabled or disabled. Specify
printer using atomic or URI-style (scheme://endpoint) names.
See printers.conf(5) regarding the naming conventions for
destinations.


EXIT STATUS


The following exit values are returned:

0
Successful completion.


non-zero
An error occurred.


FILES


/etc/printers.conf
System printer configuration database


$HOME/.printers
User-configurable printer database


ou=printers
LDAP version of /etc/printers.conf


printers.conf.byname
NIS version of /etc/printers.conf


ATTRIBUTES


See attributes(7) for descriptions of the following attributes:


+--------------------+-----------------+
| ATTRIBUTE TYPE | ATTRIBUTE VALUE |
+--------------------+-----------------+
|Interface Stability | Obsolete |
+--------------------+-----------------+
|CSI | Enabled |
+--------------------+-----------------+

SEE ALSO


lp(1), lpstat(1), printers.conf(5), attributes(7)

NOTES


When IPP is in use, the user is prompted for a passphrase if the remote
print service is configured to require authentication.


February 25, 2017 ENABLE(1)