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Setting up CUPS, the printing subsystem

  1. Install cups.
  2. Go to http://localhost:631/. Go to 'Add Printer'. You may need to supply the root username/password.
  3. Click 'Internet Printing Protocol (ipp)'. CSC doesn't have any local printers, chances are all printers are connected via LAN. If it is LAN, then it is ipp.
  4. Enter connection, name, and description of the printer.

If there is a machine with printing already properly set up, you may copy the file /etc/cups/printers.conf to the corresponding location on machines that aren't set up. Ensure that you stop CUPS (sudo service cups stop) on the fresh machine before copying over printers.conf (and don't forget to start it again afterward).

MathSoc Printer

  1. Go to the Brother site and grab the cupswrapper and lpr drivers.
  2. Install the drivers with dpkg. You may need to use --force architecture on a 64-bit machine; don't worry, the package is actually arch-independent.
    sudo dpkg --force-architecture -i mfc9970*.deb
  3. On a 64-bit machine, install ia32-libs
  4. Printer Connection:
  5. Name: MathSoc
  6. Description: The colour printer in MathSoc. Printing is 10 cents per double-sided black and white sheet, and 30 cents per colour side.
  7. Location: MC 3038
  8. Brand: Brother
  9. Make: MFC 9770CDW
  10. Default options: make sure that Color is set to Mono and Two-sided printing is set to Long-edge.

ljp_3016 printer

  1. Printer Connection:
  2. Name: ljp_3016
  3. Description: Main Math Printers
  4. Location: MC 3016
  5. Brand: HP
  6. Make: LaserJet 4250 Foomatic/Postscript
  7. Default options: make sure that two-sided printing is set to long-edge

NOTE: If the brand/make is not available for selection, don't download any third-party drivers. These drivers are available in apt. Find them there.

Print quota is done via IST's XAS system, which can be accessed here: [1] or [2]