*nix printer administration

Almost all Unix-like operating systems use a printing system called the Common Unix Printing System (CUPS). It's a very important piece of software, if you ever want to print on - oh, just about any system that is a Unix-like OS (even Mac OS X, I think...).

There's also a really neat feature in CUPS, and that's a web-based administration panel. If you're ever having trouble getting your system to print, your first port of call should be the CUPS web admin area, so you can take a look at what's going on.

In fact, it's capable of much more than just reporting - you can add and remove printers and generally perform everything you could possibly want to do from a reasonably easy-to-use web-based system.

CUPS Admin Panel

To access it, just type http://localhost:631 into your browser.

Note that by default it isn't made accessible remotely, for security reasons.

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  1. Lee (guest)

    # Posted on 08 February 2007 at 03:21 AM

    That lookslike a useful feature, although when I go to change a setting it asks for a username and password, I've tried the root account but it doesn't work, where wouldI find the account details for it?


  2. Peter (guest)

    # Posted on 08 February 2007 at 03:41 PM

    Yes, it should be the root password you need.

    If it's Ubuntu though, I'm afraid I'm not sure, as the whole sudo thing might complicate things. I'll look into it when I have the time. :)

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