Monday, April 14, 2008

Setting the Default Printer

People at work come to me with their printouts. I have CUPS broadcast my printers -- understand, everyone actually shares the same printer, so this is just my printer setup -- and, until they configure their systems, mine are the ones they get when they print.

Their jobs come out with my banner page, which says, "Please bring to Jeff Haemer."

CUPS is still a little confused about setting default printers from the GUI, so even after they set up their own printers, they often get mine by default.

The fix is lpoptions -d , or a direct, hand-edit of the file ~/.cups/lpoptions
$ cat ~/.cups/lpoptions
Default Phaser_6120
The default printer is customizable, per-user, and comes up first in all printing menus.

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