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The User's Perspective

CUPS users notice one thing immediately: They can print just about any file to any printer using a simple command such as

    lpr filename

Even better, they can control how the document is printed. For example, to print a double-sided document on legal-size paper, the user would use the following command for every printer:

    lpr -o sides=two-sided-long-edge -o media=legal filename

With the automatic printer-discovery functionality, users can access all shared printers on the LAN immediately, for example:

    lpr -P DeptLaserJet -o sides=two-sided-long-edge filename

If a user wants to be really lazy (or really smart), he or she can define printer instances that contain saved options, for example:

    lpoptions -d DeptLaserJet/Duplex -o sides=two-sided-long-edge

    ...

    lpr -P DeptLaserJet/Duplex filename

Users can, of course, define the default options for the printer itself, for example:

    lpoptions -d DeptLaserJet -o sides=two-sided-long-edge

    ...

    lpr -P DeptLaserJet filename

Finally, users can monitor their print jobs from the comfort of their Web browser simply by pointing their browser at the print server:

    http://servername:631
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