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HP-UX 11i Version 3: February 2007

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rlp — send LP print request to a remote system


/usr/sbin/rlp -I id [-C class] [-J job] [-T title] [-i [numcols]] [-k font] [-w num] [-cdfghlnptv] file


rlp transfers a spooling request to a remote system to be printed. rlp communicates with a spooling daemon on a remote system to transfer the spooling request. Options can be set only on the original system (the system where the request originated). The file name must be last. Transfers of a remote request use only the -I option and the file.

This command is intended to be used only by the spool system in response to the lp command and should not be invoked directly (see lp(1)).


rlp recognizes the following options and command-line arguments:

-I id

The argument id is the request ID.

-C class

Take the class argument as a job classification for use on the banner page.

-J job

Take the job argument as the job name to print on the banner page.

-T title

Use the title argument as the title used by pr instead of the file name (see pr(1)). -T is ignored unless the -p option is specified.


Suppress the printing of the banner page.


Cause the output to be indented. If the next argument is numeric, it is used as the number of blanks to be printed before each line; otherwise, 8 characters are printed.

-k font

Specify a font to be mounted on font position k, where k is from 1 through 4.

-w num

Use the num argument number as the page width for pr.

The following single-letter options are used to notify the LP spooler that the files are not standard text files. The spooling system uses the appropriate filters (if the option is supported) to print the data accordingly. These options are mutually exclusive.


The files are assumed to contain data produced by cifplot.


The files are assumed to contain data from tex (DVI format).


Use a filter that interprets the first character of each line as a standard FORTRAN carriage control character.


The files are assumed to contain standard plot data as produced by the plot routines.


Use a filter that suppresses page breaks.


The files are assumed to contain data from ditroff (device-independent troff).


Use pr to format the files.


The files are assumed to contain data from troff (cat phototypesetter commands).


The files are assumed to contain a raster image for devices such as the Benson Varian.


Some remote line printer models may not support all of these options. Options not supported are silently ignored.

When rlp is transferring a request that originated on another system, only the -I option and the file is used. This saves rlp from having to set the various options multiple times. Specifying unused options does not produce an error.


rlp was developed by the University of California, Berkeley and HP.


/etc/passwd /usr/sbin/rlpdaemon /var/spool/lp/* /var/adm/lp/* /etc/lp/* /usr/lib/lp/*

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