Printing from the Linux command line

Printing from the Linux command line

Printing from the Linux command line is easy. You use the lp command to request a print, and lpq to see what print jobs are in the queue, but things get a little more complicated when you want to print double-sided or use portrait mode. And there are lots of other things you might want to do — such as printing multiple copies of a document or canceling a print job. Let’s check out some options for getting your printouts to look just the way you want them to when you’re printing from the command line.

Displaying printer settings

To view your printer settings from the command line, use the lpoptions command. The output should look something like this:

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