LPRng - An Enhanced Printer Spooler
Patrick Powell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This is a modified version by other people than Patrick Powell,
though most of the code and documentation is from him, though
he is not involved in any of the changes since then.
last updates 2007-01
The following is a guide to the documentation and LPRng files,
and the order you might want to read it in. Files marked with +
should (must?) be read in order to succesfully install LPRng.
+ README - this file (and please read all of it!)
+ INSTALL - installation instructions
+ LPRng-Refernece.html, LPRng-Refernece.pdf,
the LPRng Reference Manual available as extra package.
+ PrintingCookbook - a set of 'printing recipes' or setups and
procedures that are commonly encountered.
split out of the main LPRng and available as extra package.
The LPRng software is an enhanced, extended, and portable
implementation of the Berkeley LPR print spooler functionality.
While providing the same interface and meeting RFC1179 requirements,
the implementation is completely new and provides support for
the following features: lightweight (no databases needed) lpr,
lpc, and lprm programs; dynamic redirection of print queues;
automatic job holding; highly verbose diagnostics; multiple printers
serving a single queue; client programs do not need to run SUID
root; greatly enhanced security checks; and a greatly improved
permission and authorization mechanism.
The source software compiles and runs on a wide variety of UNIX
systems, and is compatible with other print spoolers and network
printers that use the LPR interface and meet RFC1179 requirements.
The package comes with filters for PostScript and HP printers, as
well as the usual 'dumb' printers. Note that the PostScript and
HP filters do page counting and produce accounting information
accounting. In addition, there are a wide variety of other filters
that can do page formatting, and produce banner pages.
For users that require compatibility with the SVR4 lp and lpstat
interface, lpr and lpq will simulate this interface, eliminating
the need for another print spooler package. In addition, a
publically available PCNFSD server is distributed with LPRng, and
interfaces with the PC/DOS/Windows based NFS style print spoolers.
For users that require secure and/or authenticated printing support,
LPRng supports Kerberos V and/or SSL authentication methods.
Additional authentication support is extremely simple to add.
Finally, Astart Technlogies (http://www.astart.com) offers commercial
support for the LPRng software.
WHERE TO GET THE SOFTWARE:
The sourceforge project page for this software is:
New versions will be available for download at:
The CVS repository can be browsed online at:
and checked out via:
cvs -z3 -d:pserver:email@example.com:/cvsroot/lprng co -P LPRng
The LPRng developer mailinlist is
and can be subscribed via:
PLACES TO GET OLDER (UNMODIFIED) VERSIONS FROM:
Web Page and Refernce Manual in HTML format:
and the Reference/ directory in the distribution
The software may be obtained from
ftp://ftp.lprng.com/pub/LPRng (Main site)
The LPRng software distribution has the following structure:
README* - various README files
INSTALL - Installation information
configure, Makefile.in, ... - configuration and installation
src/* - source code
ABOUT-NLS.LPRng - description of the GNU internationalization
man/* - man files for the major components. I recommend
reading lpd.8, printcap.5, and lpd.conf.5
CHANGES - change log
TESTSUPPORT - a mini lpr setup that can run as user
UTILS/* - set of utilities used during developement and for management