cups-lpd(8)                      Apple Inc.                      cups-lpd(8)

NAME         top

       cups-lpd  -  receive  print  jobs  and  report  printer status to lpd

SYNOPSIS         top

       cups-lpd [ -h hostname[:port] ] [ -n ] [ -o option=value ]

DESCRIPTION         top

       cups-lpd is the CUPS Line Printer Daemon ("LPD") mini-server that
       supports legacy client systems that use the LPD protocol.  cups-lpd
       does not act as a standalone network daemon but instead operates
       using any of the Internet "super-servers" such as inetd(8),
       launchd(8), and systemd(8).

OPTIONS         top

       -h hostname[:port]
            Sets the CUPS server (and port) to use.

       -n   Disables reverse address lookups; normally cups-lpd will try to
            discover the hostname of the client via a reverse DNS lookup.

       -o name=value
            Inserts options for all print queues. Most often this is used to
            disable the "l" filter so that remote print jobs are filtered as
            needed for printing; the inetd(8) example below sets the
            "document-format" option to "application/octet-stream" which
            forces autodetection of the print file format.

CONFORMING TO         top

       cups-lpd does not enforce the restricted source port number specified
       in RFC 1179, as using restricted ports does not prevent users from
       submitting print jobs.  While this behavior is different than
       standard Berkeley LPD implementations, it should not affect normal
       client operations.

       The output of the status requests follows RFC 2569, Mapping between
       LPD and IPP Protocols. Since many LPD implementations stray from this
       definition, remote status reporting to LPD clients may be unreliable.

ERRORS         top

       Errors are sent to the system log.

FILES         top


NOTES         top

       cups-lpd performs well with small numbers of clients and printers.
       However, since a new process is created for each connection and since
       each process must query the printing system before each job
       submission, it does not scale to larger configurations.  We highly
       recommend that large configurations use the native IPP support
       provided by CUPS instead.

       cups-lpd currently does not perform any access control based on the
       settings in cupsd.conf(5) or in the hosts.allow(5) or hosts.deny(5)
       files used by TCP wrappers.  Therefore, running cups-lpd on your
       server will allow any computer on your network (and perhaps the
       entire Internet) to print to your server.

       While xinetd(8) has built-in access control support, you should use
       the TCP wrappers package with inetd(8) to limit access to only those
       computers that should be able to print through your server.

       cups-lpd is not enabled by the standard CUPS distribution.  Please
       consult with your operating system vendor to determine whether it is
       enabled by default on your system.

EXAMPLE         top

       If you are using inetd(8), add the following line to the inetd.conf
       file to enable the cups-lpd mini-server:

           printer stream tcp nowait lp /usr/lib/cups/daemon/cups-lpd cups-lpd \
               -o document-format=application/octet-stream

       Note: If you are using Solaris 10 or higher, you must run the
       inetdconv(1m) program to register the changes to the inetd.conf file.

       CUPS includes configuration files for launchd(8), systemd(8), and
       xinetd(8).  Simply enable the cups-lpd service using the
       corresponding control program.

SEE ALSO         top

       cups(1), cupsd(8), inetconv(1m), inetd(8), launchd(8), xinetd(8),
       CUPS Online Help (http://localhost:631/help), RFC 2569

COPYRIGHT         top

       Copyright © 2007-2018 by Apple Inc.

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