System Administration Guide
Chapter 4, Managing printers and print jobs

Changing a font cartridge on a printer

Changing a font cartridge on a printer

Before the print service prints a file that requires a font cartridge (or print wheel), you must install and mount the font cartridge on the printer. 

If you have set up alerting for the font cartridge, the print service alerts you when enough print jobs are queued for the font cartridge to be installed and mounted. See ``Alerting to mount forms and font cartridges''.

Changing a font cartridge involves first removing the current font cartridge from the printer. Then, install the new font cartridge on the printer and inform the print service that the new font cartridge is ready to use by mounting it. Because it is difficult to do this on a printer that is currently printing and because the print service continues to print files that do not require the font cartridge on the printer, disable the printer first. 

To install or change a font cartridge:

  1. Disable the printer.

  2. Remove the current font cartridge from the printer (if applicable).

  3. Install the new font cartridge on the printer.

  4. Mount the new font cartridge by entering:

    /usr/lib/lpadmin -p printer_name -M -S font_cartridge_name

    Any print requests that require a font cartridge are printed on printer_name.

  5. Reenable the printer.
To unmount a font cartridge, enter:

/usr/lib/lpadmin -p printer_name -M -S none


NOTE: You do not need to unmount the current font cartridge after physically removing it from the printer before installing and mounting a new font cartridge.

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