Printing is not an involved process, whether you click on a button in a GUI or type commands from the command line. This section explains how to print, cancel, and view print jobs from the command line, assuming you have a properly configured printer connected to your system. Refer to Chapter 16 for more information about setting up your printer.
The lpr command, followed by a filename, sends that specified file to the print queue. For example, lpr foo.txt prints the foo.txt file.
To view the jobs waiting in the print queue, type lpq at the command line and you will see information similar to the following:
active root 389 foo.txt
In this example, 389 is the job number.
You can cancel jobs in the queue by typing lprm followed by the print job number displayed when you use the lpq command. To cancel the foo.txt print job, for example, you would type lprm 389 and press Enter.