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Change CUPS printer feature default settings System
I just found that the new Gimp-Print alpha (5.0, I believe) supports my Epson Stylus Photo R300 printer. This means I can now print to it on an AirPort, as described by this hint. (Thank you Gimp-Print developers!)

Though it worked well, I discovered that the default print quality, "Standard," resulted in a faint output (too faint to send to college admissions committees, anyway). Changing this to "Best" did the trick, but the setting was not saved between prints. There is an easy command line way to change the default option.

Open up the Terminal, and type cd /etc/cups/pppd This will bring you to the directory where your printer configs live. Type ls, and find your printer. Do a sudo pico printer_filname to edit that file. In my case, I found a code block that looked like this:

*OpenUI *StpQuality/Print Quality: PickOne
*OrderDependency: 5 AnySetup *StpQuality
*DefaultStpQuality: Standard
*StpQuality None/Manual Control: ""
*StpQuality FastEconomy/Fast Economy: ""
... etc
... etc
By changing the third line to read:

*DefaultStpQuality: High
and saving the file, I made the printer's default be high quality. In my case, there was no need to restart CUPS or the computer or even the application from which I was printing. I'm running 10.2.8, but I suspect this will work in most versions of OS X in which CUPS is used.
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Change CUPS printer feature default settings
Authored by: rohanl on Feb 04, '04 01:20:24AM

A better way of setting the defaults is to use the built in configuration tool in CUPS. Just point your browser at:


And you can configure all the options supplied by your printer. This is a much safer alternative.

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Change CUPS printer feature default settings
Authored by: sfn on Feb 08, '04 09:34:23PM
that should be cd /etc/cups/ppd


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