Configuring an UUCP dialup printer
A ``UUCP dialup printer'' is a printer
that connects directly to a system through a dialup modem
using UUCP to queue jobs on the remote system.
For more information on UUCP, see
Chapter 7, ``Connecting to other computers with UUCP''.
To configure a dialup printer:
Because cu accesses printers in the same way the print service does, set up the files as though preparing access to the printer for cu. The cu command is not used to access printers; however, if cu can access a printer, the print service can access it, too.
This command sets up printer_name as the dialup printer; phone_number is the phone number for the remote system.
If the printer or port is busy, the print service automatically tries again. If the printer is busy, the retry rate is once every 10 minutes; if the port is busy, the retry rate is once every 20 minutes. The retry rates are not adjustable; however, you can force an immediate retry by enabling the printer. If the port or printer is likely to be busy for an extended period, disable the printer.
If an attempt to reach the dialup printer fails, lpstat -p reports the reason for a failed dial attempt. If you have set up fault alerting, the fault alert message reports the reason for the fault, see ``Setting up printer fault alerts''. These messages are identical to the error messages produced by the UUCP system for similar problems, see ``UUCP STATUS error messages''.