I'm running Ubuntu server with Openbox on an old computer -- everything is running smoothly.

Supposing I got a PDF document or so, how can I print it to the printer?

I guess I have to install something first to configure the printer. What program should I install (probably via apt-get)?

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You can add printers using lpadmin from cups-client package. Take a look for this tutorial.

to print you can use one of these two commandslpr and lp:

Install lpr:

sudo apt-get install cups-bsd

Install lp:

sudo apt-get install cups-client

Now you can use it easily:

lp /path-to-file-to-print


lpr /path-to-file-to-print

Take a look for man lp and man lpr for more information

  • I suppose I have to apt-get install cups-client first, right? Jul 14, 2015 at 9:02
  • When I run lp, I get lp: Error - scheduler not responding.. Jul 14, 2015 at 9:04
  • what about lpr?
    – Maythux
    Jul 14, 2015 at 9:05
  • $ lpr The program 'lpr' can be found in the following packages: * cups-bsd * gnuspool * lpr * lprngTry: sudo apt-get install <selected package> -- which to install? Jul 14, 2015 at 9:10
  • check edit, sudo apt-get install cups-bsd
    – Maythux
    Jul 14, 2015 at 9:12

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