Check What Your Linux System Is Printing With the "lpstat" Command

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The lpstat command for Linux displays status information about current classes, jobs and printers. When run with no arguments, lpstat will list jobs queued by the user.

Synopsis

lpstat [ -E ] [ -a [ destination(s) ] ] [ -c [ class(es) ] [ -d ] [ -h server ] [ -l ] [ -o [ destination(s) ] ] [ -p [ printer(s) ] ] [ -r ] [ -R ] [ -s ] [ -t ] [ -u [ user(s) ] ] [ -v [ printer(s) ] [ -W [ which-jobs ] ]  

Switches

Various switches extend or target the command's functionality:

-E

Forces encryption when connecting to the server.

-a [printer(s)]

Shows the accepting state of printer queues. If no printers are specified then all printers are listed.

-c [class(es)]

Shows the printer classes and the printers that belong to them. If no classes are specified then all classes are listed.

-d

Shows the current default destination.

-h server

Specifies the CUPS server to communicate with.

-l

Shows a long listing of printers, classes, or jobs.

-o [destination(s)]

Shows the jobs queue on the specified destinations. If no destinations are specified all jobs are shown.

-p [printer(s)]

Shows the printers and whether or not they are enabled for printing. If no printers are specified then all printers are listed.

-r

Shows whether the CUPS server is running.

-R

Shows the ranking of print jobs.

-s

Shows a status summary—including the default destination—a list of classes and their member printers, and a list of printers and their associated devices.

This is equivalent to using the -d, -c, and -p options.

-t

Shows all status information. This is equivalent to using the -r, -c, -d, -v, -a, -p and -o options.

-u [user(s)]

Shows a list of print jobs queued by the specified users. If no users are specified, lists the jobs queued by the current user.

-v [printer(s)]

Shows the printers and what device they are attached to. If no printers are specified then all printers are listed.

-W [which-jobs]

Specifies which jobs to show, completed or not-completed (the default).

Usage Comments

Review the lp(1) command and the CUPS Software Users Manual for additional information.

Because every distribution and kernel-release level are different, use the man command (% man) to see how the lpstat command is used on your particular computer.

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