Friday, January 28, 2011

Add new printer queue on solaris server using lpadmin command

Add new printer queue on solaris server using lpadmin command

1.) Add printer name and port details on /etc/printers.conf file





In above mtysap is Print queue name and mtysun118 is Server name.

2.) Copy the existing interface configuration file to new printer name


cp /etc/lp/interfaces/mtysap /etc/lp/interfaces/mtysaptest

3.) Copy the existing configuration file from file to new printer name


mkdir /etc/lp/printers/mtysaptest

cp –p /etc/lp/printers/ mtysap/* /etc/lp/printers/mtysaptest

ls –l /etc/lp/printers/mtysaptest

total 10

-rwxrwx--- 1 lp lp 1347 Aug 2 2006
-rw-rw---- 1 lp lp 4 Aug 2 2006 alert.vars
-rw-rw-r-- 1 lp lp 168 Aug 2 2006 configuration
-rw-rw-r-- 1 lp lp 16 Aug 2 2006 faultMessage
-rw-rw-r-- 1 lp lp 0 Aug 2 2006 users.deny

4.) Edit new printer configuration file and replace the IP address with IP of your network printer

vi /etc/lp/printers/mtysaptest/configuration

# cat /etc/lp/printers/ mtysaptest /configuration

Banner: on
Content types: any
Device: /dev/null
Interface: /usr/lib/lp/model/netstandard
Printer type: unknown
Options: protocol=tcp,dest=

5.) Change the ownership of files

chmod 775 /etc/lp/interfaces/ mtysaptest

chown lp:lp /etc/lp/interfaces/ mtysaptest

chown-R lp:lp /etc/lp/printers/mtysaptest

6.) Create and enable the printer


lpadmin -p mtysaptest -v /dev/null -i /etc/lp/interfaces/ mtysaptest

accept mtysaptest

enable mtysaptest

7.) Check the new printer status


# lpstat -p mtysaptest

printer mtysaptest is idle. enabled since Fri 28 Jan 2011 01:47:21 PM GMT. available.

Note : Another way you can also run below script after adding printer in /etc/printers.conf

# execute the script followed by the printer name and IP.
/usr/sbin/lpadmin -p $1 -v /dev/null -A write -i /usr/lib/lp/model/ne
tstandard -o dest=$2 -o protocol=bsd -o nobanner -I simple,postscript -u allow:all
/usr/bin/enable $1
/usr/sbin/accept $1
echo "Printer "$1" created!"
echo "Printer configuration..."
/usr/bin/lpstat -lp $1


Anonymous said...

Hi Shihab,
thank you for the tutorial. I also would like to ask you, how do I configure Solaris 5.10 to print on a Windows printer server?

Thank you in advance

Am khan said...

Thanks million bro. I got stuck with this since last week and i have ticket due by monday. I will try this and put reviews back on this update.