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|LPQ(1)||General Commands Manual||LPQ(1)|
lpq — spool queue
lpq examines the spooling area used by
lpd(8) for printing files on the line printer, and reports
the status of the specified jobs or all jobs associated with a user.
lpq invoked without any arguments reports on any
jobs currently in the queue.
The options are as follows:
- Report on the local queues for all printers, rather than just the specified printer.
- Information about each of the files comprising the job entry is printed. Normally, only as much information as will fit on one line is displayed.
- Specify a particular printer, otherwise the default line printer is used
(or the value of the
PRINTERvariable in the environment). All other arguments supplied are interpreted as user names or job numbers to filter out only those jobs of interest.
For each job submitted (i.e., invocation of
lpq reports the user's
name, current rank in the queue, the names of files comprising the job, the
job identifier (a number which may be supplied to lprm(1)
for removing a specific job), and the total size in bytes. Job ordering is
dependent on the algorithm used to scan the spooling directory and is
supposed to be FIFO (First In First Out). File names comprising a job may be
unavailable (when lpr(1) is used as a sink in a pipeline)
in which case the file is indicated as “(standard input)”.
lpq warns that there is no daemon
present (i.e., due to some malfunction), the lpc(8)
command can be used to restart the printer daemon.
If the following environment variable exists, it is used by
- Specifies an alternate default printer.
- To determine printer characteristics.
- The spooling directory, as determined from printcap.
- Control files specifying jobs.
- The lock file to obtain the currently active job.
Unable to open various files. The lock file being malformed. Garbage files when there is no daemon active, but files in the spooling directory.
lpq appeared in
Due to the dynamic nature of the information in the spooling
lpq may report unreliably. Output
formatting is sensitive to the line length of the terminal; this can result
in widely spaced columns.
|May 31, 2007||Debian|