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Printing Tools

You already have some printing capability from the Terminal's printing menu options, and built in to the rest of your OS X system. The command line, however, has its own printing facility, allowing you to direct the output of commands to a printer, without having to select that output in the terminal and use the menu options to print. These command line tools are actually fairly sophisticated, although they provide only a minimalist interface to the printing architecture. Print queuing, job-status notification, and print-job logging are all part of the standard Unix lpr printing system.

Sending Jobs to the Printer: lpr

The command to send a job to the printer is lpr. Although there are a number of options to lpr, the most common forms that you will probably use are


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