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I'm using CUPS to print on an enterprise network. The job gets submitted fine, but I need to submit it as another username. Now I'm jon but I need to send it as say jonallard.

On the command line, one could print as such

lp -U jonallard -d printer1 file.ext

How do I customize the username part when using the GUI printing dialogs and the Printing system settings?

It is possible that it isn't, in fact, possible to add this username to the Ubuntu print config. If so, where should I ask for an improvement?

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You could use the username in the IPP URI when adding the printer queue, see this document for details:


Otherwise I can see no options in cups or gnome print dialogs to help you select a username for printing.

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The print settings don't allow entering a username as part of the IPP URI when configuring. –  jonallard Sep 17 '11 at 9:03
You can add the username to the URI when adding the printer right? –  Martin Owens -doctormo- Sep 17 '11 at 10:37
No. (is too short) –  jonallard Sep 17 '11 at 18:20
Then this is a bug and should be reported under the gnome printer settings project in launchpad. –  Martin Owens -doctormo- Sep 22 '11 at 12:19
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The issue has been reported as a bug (856776) and is now on the wishlist.

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yep, "wishlist" doesn't really help those of us stuck with an office full of Ubuntu PCs that now can't print. sigh –  artfulrobot Dec 18 '12 at 11:19
"Ubuntu: We don't care." –  jonallard Nov 30 '13 at 2:12
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