On occasion, I've tried to kill a print job started in error, to avoid a waste of paper and toner. I know there are several layers to the printing system in use, and the GUI printer queue applet is not particularly responsive. What's the quickest way to kill and purge a print job?

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From the command line?

lpstat -o|more

will show a list of pid numbers and then...

cancel {pid number}

You might need to turn the printer of to have the printer cancel what is already in its memory.


Try opening cups in a browser window (localhost:631) and cancelling from there.

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