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lp(1)                          Apple Inc.                          lp(1)

NAME         top

       lp - print files

SYNOPSIS         top

       lp [ -E ] [ -U username ] [ -c ] [ -d destination[/instance] ] [
       -h hostname[:port] ] [ -m ] [ -n num-copies ] [ -o option[=value]
       ] [ -q priority ] [ -s ] [ -t title ] [ -H handling ] [ -P page-
       list ] [ -- ] [ file(s) ]
       lp [ -E ] [ -U username ] [ -c ] [ -h hostname[:port] ] [ -i job-
       id ] [ -n num-copies ] [ -o option[=value] ] [ -q priority ] [ -t
       title ] [ -H handling ] [ -P page-list ]

DESCRIPTION         top

       lp submits files for printing or alters a pending job.  Use a
       filename of "-" to force printing from the standard input.

       CUPS provides many ways to set the default destination. The
       LPDEST and PRINTER environment variables are consulted first.  If
       neither are set, the current default set using the lpoptions(1)
       command is used, followed by the default set using the lpadmin(8)

OPTIONS         top

       The following options are recognized by lp:

       --   Marks the end of options; use this to print a file whose
            name begins with a dash (-).

       -E   Forces encryption when connecting to the server.

       -U username
            Specifies the username to use when connecting to the server.

       -c   This option is provided for backwards-compatibility only. On
            systems that support it, this option forces the print file
            to be copied to the spool directory before printing.  In
            CUPS, print files are always sent to the scheduler via IPP
            which has the same effect.

       -d destination
            Prints files to the named printer.

       -h hostname[:port]
            Chooses an alternate server.

       -i job-id
            Specifies an existing job to modify.

       -m   Sends an email when the job is completed.

       -n copies
            Sets the number of copies to print.

       -o "name=value [ ... name=value ]"
            Sets one or more job options.  See "COMMON JOB OPTIONS"

       -q priority
            Sets the job priority from 1 (lowest) to 100 (highest).  The
            default priority is 50.

       -s   Do not report the resulting job IDs (silent mode.)

       -t "name"
            Sets the job name.

       -H hh:mm

       -H hold

       -H immediate

       -H restart

       -H resume
            Specifies when the job should be printed.  A value of
            immediate will print the file immediately, a value of hold
            will hold the job indefinitely, and a UTC time value (HH:MM)
            will hold the job until the specified UTC (not local) time.
            Use a value of resume with the -i option to resume a held
            job.  Use a value of restart with the -i option to restart a
            completed job.

       -P page-list
            Specifies which pages to print in the document.  The list
            can contain a list of numbers and ranges (#-#) separated by
            commas, e.g., "1,3-5,16".  The page numbers refer to the
            output pages and not the document's original pages - options
            like "number-up" can affect the numbering of the pages.

       Aside from the printer-specific options reported by the
       lpoptions(1) command, the following generic options are

       -o job-sheets=name
            Prints a cover page (banner) with the document.  The "name"
            can be "classified", "confidential", "secret", "standard",
            "topsecret", or "unclassified".

       -o media=size
            Sets the page size to size. Most printers support at least
            the size names "a4", "letter", and "legal".

       -o number-up={2|4|6|9|16}
            Prints 2, 4, 6, 9, or 16 document (input) pages on each
            output page.

       -o orientation-requested=4
            Prints the job in landscape (rotated 90 degrees counter-

       -o orientation-requested=5
            Prints the job in landscape (rotated 90 degrees clockwise).

       -o orientation-requested=6
            Prints the job in reverse portrait (rotated 180 degrees).

       -o print-quality=3

       -o print-quality=4

       -o print-quality=5
            Specifies the output quality - draft (3), normal (4), or
            best (5).

       -o sides=one-sided
            Prints on one side of the paper.

       -o sides=two-sided-long-edge
            Prints on both sides of the paper for portrait output.

       -o sides=two-sided-short-edge
            Prints on both sides of the paper for landscape output.

CONFORMING TO         top

       Unlike the System V printing system, CUPS allows printer names to
       contain any printable character except SPACE, TAB, "/", or "#".
       Also, printer and class names are not case-sensitive.

       The -q option accepts a different range of values than the
       Solaris lp command, matching the IPP job priority values (1-100,
       100 is highest priority) instead of the Solaris values (0-39, 0
       is highest priority).

EXAMPLES         top

       Print two copies of a document to the default printer:

           lp -n 2 filename

       Print a double-sided legal document to a printer called "foo":

           lp -d foo -o media=legal -o sides=two-sided-long-edge filename

       Print a presentation document 2-up to a printer called "bar":

           lp -d bar -o number-up=2 filename

SEE ALSO         top

       cancel(1), lpadmin(8), lpoptions(1), lpq(1), lpr(1), lprm(1),
       lpstat(1), CUPS Online Help (http://localhost:631/help)

COPYRIGHT         top

       Copyright © 2007-2019 by Apple Inc.

COLOPHON         top

       This page is part of the CUPS (a standards-based, open source
       printing system) project.  Information about the project can be
       found at ⟨http://www.cups.org/⟩.  If you have a bug report for
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       obtained from the project's upstream Git repository
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