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Thu, 25 Apr 2013

Re: The Shared Office Printer

PHD comics is as funny as always. What I consider interesting is the last problem - printing on a special paper (a.k.a. the "Print Sprint"). I solve this problem differently:

Usually, such a print job is single-page only. So the easiest solution is to use the manual feed input. Open the manual input tray, print your job with manual tray specified, return to the printer, and feed your special paper into the manual input tray. People usually don't specify the manual tray as input.

Another alternative is when I don't want to research (again) how to print using the manual input tray from the command line. I run something like "sleep 60; lpr myfile", walk to the printer, open the default tray and manual input tray, wait a moment, and when the print job arrives, just select the manual tray from the front panel of the printer.

Of course it heps if CUPS together with the printer can cooperate enough to display at least the print job name (including the hostname) or even the job owners' login name, to be sure that it is really my print job. How do you print on a special paper on shared office printers?

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