About printer classes
If you have a large number of printers,
you might find it convenient to group a collection of printers
together into a ``printer class''.
Print requests sent to a class of printers are printed by
the first available member of that class.
This allows faster turnaround, as printers are kept as busy as possible.
In addition, users do not need to know which printer is idle.
(Users can still send print jobs to a specific printer
using the -d option to
from the command line.)
One way to use classes is to group a series of printers that should be used in a particular order into a class. For example, you have a high-speed printer and a low-speed printer and you want to direct as many print requests as possible to the high-speed printer and use the low-speed printer only when the high-speed printer is busy. The print service always checks for an available printer in the order that the printers were added to a class. If you add the high-speed printer to the class before adding the low-speed printer, the print service routes print requests in the order you want. See ``Grouping printers into a class''.
The first available printer that can handle that type of file prints the file. See ``About content types''.