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HP-UX 11i Version 3: February 2007

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enable, disable — enable/disable LP printers


enable printers

disable [-c] [-r [reason]] printers


The enable command activates the named printers, enabling them to print requests taken by lp. Use lpstat to find the status of printers (see lp(1) and lpstat(1)).

disable deactivates the named printers, disabling them from printing requests taken by lp. By default, any requests that are currently printing on the designated printers are reprinted in their entirety either on the same printer or on another member of the same class. Use lpstat to find the status of printers.


disable recognizes the following options:


Cancel any requests that are currently printing on any of the designated printers.


Associate a reason with the deactivation of the printers. This reason applies to all printers mentioned up to the next -r option. If the -r option is not present or the -r option is given without a reason, a default reason is used. reason is reported by lpstat. The maximum length of the reason message is 80 bytes. reason message of length greater than 80 bytes is truncated to 80 bytes.


Environment Variables

LANG determines the language in which messages are displayed.

If LANG is not specified or is null, it defaults to C (see lang(5)).

If any internationalization variable contains an invalid setting, all internationalization variables default to C (see environ(5)).

International Code Set Support

Single- and multibyte character code sets are supported.


Enable printer snowwhite to accept requests:

enable snowwhite

Deactivate printer snowwhite and cancel any logged jobs:

disable -c snowwhite


If the restrict cancel feature (selected by the lpadmin -orc option — see lpadmin(1M)) is enabled, and the user is neither administrator nor the owner of the currently printing request on the designated printer, disable ignores the -c option.

enable and disable perform their operation on the local system only.


/etc/lp/* /usr/lib/lp/* /var/adm/lp/* /var/spool/lp/*

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