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Chapter 22. Printer Configuration

22.1. Adding a Local Printer
22.2. Adding an IPP Printer
22.3. Adding a Samba (SMB) Printer
22.4. Adding a JetDirect Printer
22.5. Selecting the Printer Model and Finishing
22.5.1. Confirming Printer Configuration
22.6. Printing a Test Page
22.7. Modifying Existing Printers
22.7.1. The Settings Tab
22.7.2. The Policies Tab
22.7.3. The Access Control Tab
22.7.4. The Printer and Job OptionsTab
22.8. Managing Print Jobs
22.9. Additional Resources
22.9.1. Installed Documentation
22.9.2. Useful Websites
Printer Configuration Tool allows users to configure a printer. This tool helps maintain the printer configuration file, print spool directories, print filters, and printer classes.
Fedora 13 uses the Common Unix Printing System (CUPS). If a system was upgraded from a previous Fedora version that used CUPS, the upgrade process preserves the configured queues.
Using Printer Configuration Tool requires root privileges. To start the application, select System (on the panel) > Administration > Printing, or type the command system-config-printer at a shell prompt.
Printer Configuration Tool
Main window
Figure 22.1.  Printer Configuration Tool

The following types of print queues can be configured:


If you add a new print queue or modify an existing one, you must apply the changes for them to take effect.
Clicking the Apply button prompts the printer daemon to restart with the changes you have configured.
Clicking the Revert button discards unapplied changes.

22.1. Adding a Local Printer

To add a local printer, such as one attached through a parallel port or USB port on your computer, click the New Printer button in the main Printer Configuration Tool window to display the window in Figure 22.2, “ Adding a Printer.
Adding a Printer
Adding a printer
Figure 22.2.  Adding a Printer

Click Forward to proceed.
Enter a unique name for the printer in the Printer Name field. The printer name can contain letters, numbers, dashes (-), and underscores (_); it must not contain any spaces.
You can also use the Description and Location fields to further distinguish this printer from others that may be configured on your system. Both of these fields are optional, and may contain spaces.
Click Forward to open the New Printer dialog (refer to Figure 22.3, “Adding a Local Printer”). If the printer has been automatically detected, the printer model appears in Select Connection. Select the printer model and click Forward to continue.
If the device does not automatically appear, select the device to which the printer is connected (such as LPT #1 or Serial Port #1) in Select Connection.
Adding a Local Printer
Adding a local printer
Figure 22.3. Adding a Local Printer

Next, select the printer type. Refer to Section 22.5, “Selecting the Printer Model and Finishing” for details.