After spending the last couple of chapters manipulating text, it’s time to put that text on paper. In this chapter, we’ll look at the command line tools that are used to print files and control printer operation. We won’t be looking
at how to configure printing because that varies from distribution to distribution and is usually set up automatically during installation. Note that we will need a working printer configuration to perform the exercises in this chapter.
We will discuss the following commands:
pr Convert text files for printing
lpr Print files
a2ps Format files for printing on a PostScript printer
lpstat Show printer status ...