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USENIX Tenth System Administration Conference (LISA '96)

An LPD for the 90s

Mark Fletcher
SAS Institute Inc.


lpdx was designed as an enhancement to LPD to meet the demands for seamless inter-platform printing and to simplify administration efforts relating to a large diverse printing environment. With the tremendous increase in the number of printers in the last few years, it is important to have an easy to use, network based administration tool that eliminates rlogins to servers and special accounts. As network traffic increased we noticed numerous timeout and hanging problems with the rlpdaemon/lpsched print servers we were running on our HP-UX systems. lpdx's features were brought about by the increase in the number of printers, the downsizing of many printing duties from the mainframe, and the demands an ever increasing PC base presented. Some of these features include form and job class selection, network-wide job control, printer forwarding, and better control over administration access.

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