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8.6. Printer Sharing

You can configure your Mac's CUPS print server to listen for incoming print jobs over the network. This lets other computers use your machine as their print server, printing out documents on the printers connected to it. These client machines can run any OS that can speak the CUPS, LP, or LPR protocols—e.g., Windows, Unix, or other Mac OS X machines (the latter of which would access your printers by adding an IP Printing printer entry into their own printer lists, as described earlier in Section 8.3.1.1, pointing it at your computer's IP address).

8.6.1. Printer Sharing Through the Sharing Pane

The easiest way to activate this feature involves bringing up the Sharing preferences pane's Services tab (Figure 8-1) and activating the USB Printer Sharing checkbox. This automatically modifies the relevant part of the /etc/cups/cupsd.conf file and then restarts the print server for you.


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