(BSD System Compatibility)
(BSD) display the queue of printer jobs
/usr/ucb/lpq [-Pprinter] [-l] [+ [interval] ] [job# . . . ]
[username . . . ]
displays the contents of a printer queue.
It reports the status of
jobs specified by
or all jobs owned by the user specified by
reports on all jobs in the default printer queue when invoked with no
For each print job in the queue,
reports the user's name, current position, the names of input
files comprising the job, the job number (by which it is
referred to when using
and the total size in bytes.
Normally, only as much information as will fit on one line
Jobs are normally queued on a first-in-first-out basis.
Filenames comprising a job may be unavailable, such as when
is used at the end of a pipeline; in such cases the filename field
indicates the standard input.
warns that there is no daemon present
(that is, due to some malfunction), the
command can be used to restart a printer daemon.
Display information about the queue for the specified
In the absence of the
option, the queue to the printer specified by the
variable in the environment is used.
variable is not set, the queue for the default printer is used.
Display queue information in long format; includes the name of
the host from which the job originated.
Display the spool queue periodically until it empties.
clears the terminal screen before reporting on the queue.
sleeps that number of seconds in between reports.
request files specifying jobs
program queries the spooler
about the status of
If the printer is disabled, the system administrator can
restart the spooler using
waiting for auto-retry (offline ?)
The daemon could not open the printer device.
The printer may be
This message can also occur if a printer is out
of paper, the paper is jammed, and so on.
Another possible cause is
that a process, such as an output filter, has exclusive use of the
The only recourse in this case is to kill the offending
process and restart the printer with
lpq: waiting for host
to come up
A daemon is trying to connect to the remote machine named
in order to send the files in the local queue.
If the remote machine is up,
on the remote machine is probably dead or
hung and should be restarted using
lpq: sending to host
The files are being transferred to the remote
or else the local daemon has hung while trying to transfer the
lpq: printer disabled reason:
The printer has been marked as being unavailable with
lpq: The LP print service isn't running or can't be reached.
the spooling queue does not exist.
restart the printer daemon with
: unknown printer
was not found in the
Usually this is a typing mistake; however, it
may indicate that the printer does not exist on the system.
to find the reason.
lpq: error on opening queue to spooler
The connection to
on the local machine failed.
This usually means the printer server started at
boot time has died or is hung.
Check if the printer
lpq: Can't send message to LP print service
lpq: Can't establish contact with LP print service
These indicate that the
print service has been
Get help from the system administrator.
lpq: Received unexpected message from LP print service
It is likely there is an error in this software.
Get help from system administrator.
Output formatting is sensitive to the line length of the terminal;
this can result in widely-spaced columns.
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UnixWare 7 Release 7.1.4 - 25 April 2004