Chapter 34. Printer Configuration

Chapter 34. Printer Configuration

34.1. Adding a Local Printer
34.2. Adding an IPP Printer
34.3. Adding a Samba (SMB) Printer
34.4. Adding a JetDirect Printer
34.5. Selecting the Printer Model and Finishing
34.5.1. Confirming Printer Configuration
34.6. Printing a Test Page
34.7. Modifying Existing Printers
34.7.1. The Settings Tab
34.7.2. The Policies Tab
34.7.3. The Access Control Tab
34.7.4. The Printer and Job OptionsTab
34.8. Managing Print Jobs
34.9. Additional Resources
34.9.1. Installed Documentation
34.9.2. Useful Websites

Printer Configuration Tool allows users to configure a printer. This tool helps maintain the printer configuration file, print spool directories, print filters, and printer classes.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2 uses the Common Unix Printing System (CUPS). If a system was upgraded from a previous Red Hat Enterprise Linux version that used CUPS, the upgrade process preserves the configured queues.

Using Printer Configuration Tool requires root privileges. To start the application, select System (on the panel) => Administration => Printing, or type the command system-config-printer at a shell prompt.

Printer Configuration Tool

Main window

Figure 34.1. Printer Configuration Tool

The following types of print queues can be configured:


If you add a new print queue or modify an existing one, you must apply the changes for them to take effect.

Clicking the Apply button prompts the printer daemon to restart with the changes you have configured.

Clicking the Revert button discards unapplied changes.

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