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lp - front-end to the print spooler



      lp - front-end to the print spooler


      lp [-cs] [-o option] [-d printer] [-n num] [name ...]


      The lp utility is a front-end to the print spooler as required by the
      IEEE Std 1003.2 (“POSIX.2”) specification.  It effectively invokes lpr(1)
      with the proper set of arguments.
      It generally prints the named files on the destination printer.
      The following options are available:
      -c      Make the lp command exit only after further access to any of the
              input files is no longer required.  The application can then
              safely delete or modify the files without affecting the output
      -d dest
              Specify a particular printer.  If no -d is provided on the com‐
              mand line, the contents of the environment variables LPDEST or
              PRINTER (with this precedence) are taken as the destination
      -n num  Specify that num copies of each of the named files shall be
      -o option
              Printer specific options.  Not supported, provided only as a com‐
              patibility option for SVR.
      -s      Silent operation.  Not supported, provided only as a compatibil‐
              ity option for Version 2 of the Single UNIX Specification


      As described above, the variables LPDEST and PRINTER are examined to
      select the destination printer.


      The lp command is expected to comply with the IEEE Std 1003.2 (“POSIX.2”)


      This implementation of the lp command has been written by Jörg Wunsch.


      The IEEE Std 1003.2 (“POSIX.2”) specification does not provide any means
      to print non-text files.  It rather requires the files to be printed to
      be text files limited to reasonable line lengths and printable charac‐


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