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Managing multiple printers via the command line
Authored by: mlc on Dec 23, '06 09:37:09PM
Thanks for the tip. I've found that if you use the -D flag (description), you can have a name that includes spaces. If the description is set, then the printer will show up in OS X with that name instead of the formal name. I've revised the the script to include checking for the printer prior adding, and to include a few HP LaserJet print options as well. Hope this helps.


# Tests to see if printer exists - sidesteps a variable scope issue
# Requires the printer name as a parameter.  Returns 1 if the printer exists.
function printerExists()
  if [ $# -ne 1 ]; then
    echo "Incorrect parameters"
    return 0
    lpstat -p | awk '{print $2}' | while read printer
      if [ $1 = "${printer}" ]; then
        return 1

# Printer Name cannot Include any spaces
# User friendly printer name"
prDescription="Printer Name"
# Location
prLocation="Home Office"
# IP Address of printer
# PPD Filename... assumes it is installed on machine
prPPD="HP LaserJet 2200.gz"

#Test If Printer is already installed
printerExists $prName

if [ $prExists -eq 1 ]; then
  echo "Printer already exists. Skipping: \"$prName\""
  # Add Printer Command 
  lpadmin -p "${prName}" -D "${prDescription}" -L "${prLocation}" \
  -E -v lpd://"${prAddress}" -P "/Library/Printers/PPDs/Contents/Resources/en.lproj/$prPPD" \
  -o HPOption_Duplexer=True -o Resolution=1200x1200dpi

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Managing multiple printers via the command line
Authored by: mikerose on Jan 18, '07 01:35:44PM

Woohoo! This is great! I was able to research the correct options for my Canon machines via lpoptions -v ... and I'm now a printer-configuring machine. :-)

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Anyone done this with Canon copiers?
Authored by: mikerose on Feb 05, '07 07:54:44AM

I may have spoken a bit too soon. My setup works perfectly with this script except for

lpoptions -d "MyCopier" -o EFFinisher="Finisher"

The machines in question are Canon 8070 copiers with the ImagePASS S1 RIP, which supports an option of "Finisher" for the K1 finisher unit. Although this is what shows up when you read the options from a manual configuration (via Printer Utility), it doesn't work the other way: setting it up from the command line doesn't show the finisher options in the Print dialog. :-(

any help appreciated.

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