Setting up a client
The printer description file /etc/printcap on the client machine
provides routing and other information about printers.
If the printer to be set up is a local printer, that is, attached
to the client for its private use, you should set it up following
the instructions in
``Setting up a print server''
but ignore instructions regarding the /etc/hosts.equiv and
For a full description of the /etc/printcap file
format, see the
Here is an example of an entry in the /etc/printcap
file, followed by an explanation of each field. Note that
fields are separated by colons.
Each of the fields is described below:
The first field, laser, is the name
by which the client knows the printer.
For a remote printer, the name that the client uses
need not be the same as that used by the print server.
In this example, laser is an
alias for the printer named sunlaser on ohio.
The second field (before the first colon on the second line) is
empty by default.
When used, it defines the name of the error log
The third field, starting with lp=, must
(that is, followed immediately by a colon) for remote printing.
This field specifies the device name for a local printer.
The fourth field,
starting with rm=, specifies the network name of the print server.
In this example, the print server is called ohio.
The fifth field, starting with rp=,
specifies the name that the print server uses for the
The last field, starting with sd=, is the
name of the spooling directory on the client. It is in this
directory that print jobs are stored
before being sent over the network to the print server.
This directory is always located in /usr/spool/lpd and
bears the name of the printer. In this example, the spool
directory is called /usr/spool/lpd/laser.
Setting up a print server
Deleting printcap entries
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SCO OpenServer Release 5.0.7 -- 11 February 2003