System Administration Guide
Chapter 4, Managing printers and print jobs

Setting up printer interface scripts

Setting up printer interface scripts

By default, the print service uses the standard interface script, /usr/spool/lp/model/standard. This interface script should handle most of your printing needs. If you plan to use the standard interface program, simply select the standard model when you add the printer.

If the standard interface script does not meet your needs, you might be able to use one of the printer interface scripts provided in the /usr/spool/lp/model directory. When you add the printer, select the model name from the list that most closely matches your printer. See ``Adding local printers''. (You do not need to perform any special tasks to use either the standard interface or one of the other interfaces provided.)

To change the interface script after you add the printer, in the Printer Manager, select Model from the Settings menu. 

If neither the standard interface script nor the scripts listed by the Printer Manager (or in /usr/spool/lp/model directory) work for your printer, you can modify an existing printer interface script or create your own. See ``Creating printer interface scripts''.

If you use a customized printer interface script, you must associate it with your printer. To do this, place the script in the /usr/spool/lp/model directory. In the Printer Manager, select Model from the Settings menu and select the customized printer interface script from the list. When you associate a printer with a customized interface script, the Printer Manager copies the specified printer interface program to the /usr/spool/lp/admins/lp/interfaces directory and renames the file printer_name.

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