ePrint: Usage on Linux Operating Systems


Question

How do I use ePrint on Linux?

Answer

Print from a Linux Workstation in an OIT Lab

ePrint is automatically configured as the default printer in all OIT workstations, and will appear by default when you choose Print in any GUI application. From the command line, use “lpr filename”, where filename is the name of the document you wish to print.

Printing from your own Linux or Unix System

OIT has no installer for Linux/Unix printing and we cannot provide official support for printing from your own workstation. However, it is possible to configure most systems to print to the ePrint system. Use the following settings as a guide for installing ePrint on your own workstation.

To begin, add a new printer on your workstation with the following settings:

  • Queue type: choose “LPR/LPD/Networked Unix
  • Server: “ep-ps-cmp2-pap1.oit.duke.edu”
  • Server-side queue name: “ePrint-OIT
  • Workstation-side queue name: “ePrint-OIT
  • Printer type: Use “HP Universal Printing PCL 6” (or the closest equivalent)

When you send print jobs from your personal Unix or Linux system, you need to include your Duke NetID as a parameter to the lpr printing command both from the GUI and from the command line. To do so, add the “-U” flag followed by your username.

For example, to print foo.txt from the command line on your Linux system, a user with the NetID of “jbduke” would enter “lpr -P ePrint-OIT -U jbduke foo.txt“.

From a GUI/XWindows application, you will need to modify the print command. This is usually changed within the Print dialog box, often under the Properties button for the selected printer. Add “-U” followed by your NetID (as in the “-U jbduke” example) to the print command.

Alternatively, you can use the CUPS administration page. CUPS is the standards-based, open source printing system developed by Apple Inc. for OS X® and other UNIX®-like operating systems. Before you begin, make sure the current user is part of the “sys” group. If not, issue the command “usermod -a -G sys [username]” as root to add yourself to the group.

Then using a web browser, visit the page http://localhost:631. This is the default CUPS administration URL. Then select Administration – Add Printer. Select LPD/LPR Host or Printer, and Continue. When prompted for “Connection:”, put “lpd://<netid>@ep-ps-cmp2-pap1.oit.duke.edu/ePrint-OIT”, where <netid> should be replaced by your NetID. Then select the HP Laserjet Foomatic/laserjet printer driver and Continue. Keep the default settings and hit Add Printer.

Note: you do not need to issue the -U <netid> option when printing if you put your NetID in the connection URL. Verify that a print job can be submitted by visiting the ePrint online printing center: https://ep-ps-mp2-pap1.win.duke.edu/myprintcenter/

In order to print from midrange printers, please use the following settings:

  • Queue type: choose “LPR/LPD/Networked Unix
  • Server: “ep-ps-clr-pap1.win.duke.edu”
  • Server-side queue name: [Contact your department technical administrator]
  • Workstation-side queue name: [Contact your department technical administrator]
  • Printer type: Use “HP LaserJet 4100dtn” (or the closest equivalent)
  • Instead of using the NetID, please use use “midrangeNNNN”

    Example: “midrange1234@LPR://EP-PS-CLR-PAP1.win.duke.edu/ePrint-MR-French-M550N/”

In order to print from color printers, there are two different entries. Please use the following settings:

ePrint-Color-Library

  • Queue type: choose “LPR/LPD/Networked Unix
  • Server: “ep-ps-clr-pap1.win.duke.edu/ePrint-Color-Library”
  • Server-side queue name: “ePrint-Color-Library”
  • Workstation-side queue name: “ePrint-Color-Library”
  • Printer type: Use “Ricoh Aficio MP C3501” (or the closest equivalent)
  • LPR://EP-PS-CLR-PAP1.win.duke.edu/ePrint-Color-Library

ePrint-Color-Campus

  • Queue type: choose “LPR/LPD/Networked Unix
  • Server: “ep-ps-clr-pap1.win.duke.edu/ePrint-Color-Campus”
  • Server-side queue name: “ePrint-Color-Campus”
  • Workstation-side queue name: “ePrint-Color-Campus”
  • Printer type: Use “Sharp MX-3100N” (or the closest equivalent)
  • LPR://EP-PS-CLR-PAP1.win.duke.edu/ePrint-Color-Campus

Need Further Assistance?

Please contact the OIT Service Desk if you need further assistance: http://oit.duke.edu/help/index.php.