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Printers and Printing

This might seem like a silly thing to mention, particularly if your printer was automatically detected, configured, and tested at boot time. Nevertheless, there are things that you might want to do with your printer, and we should probably cover some of these now. Furthermore, printing is one of the most important functions a personal computer can perform. It's good to get it right. On that note, I'm going to spend a little time talking about printers and printing. Trust me, it's going to be lots of fun.

Printing under Linux works on the basis of print queues. At its simplest, this means that whenever you send something to the printer, it is queued in a directory where it awaits its turn at the printer. This de-queuing is known as spooling. Consequently, the process that sends the print jobs from the queue to the printer is called the spooler. That spooler can be one of a small handful of programs, all of which are transparent to you when you print from applications. Here's a quick roundup of the more popular spoolers.


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