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Lpr

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Lpr

Sends a file to a computer running Line Printer Daemon (LPD) in preparation for printing. Used without parameters, lpr displays command-line help for the lpr command.

Syntax

lpr [-SServerID] -PPrinterName[-CBannerContent] [-JJobName] [{-o | -o l}] [-d] [-x] FileName

Parameters
-S ServerID
Specifies, by name or IP address, the computer that hosts the printer on which you want to print the file. You do not need to provide this parameter if the printer is attached to the local computer.

-P PrinterName
Required. Specifies, by name, the printer on which you want to print the file.

-C BannerContent
Specifies the content to print on the banner page of the print job. If you do not include this parameter, the name of the computer from which the print job was sent appears on the banner page.

-J JobName
Specifies the print job name that will be printed on the banner page. If you do not include this parameter, the name of the file being printed appears on the banner page.

{ -o| -o l}
Specifies the type of file that you want to print. The parameter -o specifies that you want to print a text file. The parameter -o l specifies that you want to print a binary file (for example, a PostScript file).

-d
Specifies that the data file must be sent before the control file. Use this parameter if your printer requires the data file to be sent first. For more information, see your printer documentation.

-x
Specifies that the lpr command must be compatible with the Sun Microsystems operating system referred to as SunOS for releases up to and including 4.1.4_u1.

FileName
Required. Specifies, by name, the file to be printed.

/?
Displays help at the command prompt.

Remarks
  • To find the name of the printer, open the Printers and Faxes folder. To open Printers and Faxes, click Start, and then click Printers and Faxes.

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