Examples of using the lpq command

To display the print queue for your default printer:

   lpq
   Rank    Owner   Job     Files
   active  joe     483     overheads.ps
   2nd     sarah   484     /tmp/RFC137
   3rd     tony    485     report

This displays the print queue for your default printer: the one defined by your PRINTER environment variable.

Each job in the queue has a job number. Details are also given about the job's position in the queue and the user's name.


To display the print queue for a specific printer:

   lpq -Ppsmath

This displays the print queue for the printer psmath.


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