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Printing Tools

You already have some printing capability from the Terminal application's printing menu options and built in to the rest of your Mac 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.

Since Mac OS X 10.2, Mac OS X has included Common Unix Printing System (CUPS) software. This package includes versions of print commands traditionally found on BSD systems as well as versions of print commands traditionally found on System V machines. Mac OS X 10.1 and earlier include only versions of BSD print commands. If you are running Mac OS X 10.1 or earlier, you do not have all the commands listed in this section. The first command listed in each subsection is the BSD-compatible command, and the one that you can find in Mac OS X 10.2 as well as earlier versions. The second command listed in each subsection is the System V–compatible command and is found only in the 10.2 and more recent distributions of Mac OS X.


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