Printing At The TCC

There are several ways of printing documents at the TCC. There are four different systems for printing: unix, dos, Windows, and the MacIntoshes. This man page presents a summary of "How To Print" at the TCC.

Printing From Unix

If you are using a software package that has the option to print (such as AutoCAD and X-WordPerfect), use the printing options built into the software. If you are having trouble printing, please get a UC for help.

The Unix systems use the lp printing system. Using the lp printing system, you can only print text, postscript, and dvi files. A list of some commonly used lp commands is given below.

Command
Syntax
Example

lpr
lpr -P(printer) (file)
lpr -Pspeare5 my_text.file

lpq
lpq -P(printer)
lpq -Pspeare16

lprm
lprm -P(printer) (job)
lprm -Pspeare16 155

(printer) is the name of the printer that you wish to use or check.

(file) is the name of the file that you wish to print.

lpr sends a file to the specified printer queue for printing.

lpq checks a printer and shows what files are printing and what files are in the printing queue for that printer. lpq also shows the job number for each file in the queue.

lprm removes a file from the queue if you give it the job number of that file. You can only remove print jobs that belong to you.

For more information about the lp commands, check the man pages for the appropriate command.

Printing From Dos

You cannot print from most dos programs, as dos programs typically try to print on a printer that is connected directly to that computer. If you wish to print a text file, postscript file, or dvi file from dos, you will need to use the nprint command.

Command
Syntax
Example

nprint
nprint (file) Q=(printer)
nprint mystuff.txt Q=speare14

(printer) is the name of the printer that you wish to use.

(file) is the name of the file that you wish to print.

nprint will print out a text, postscript, or dvi file to the specified printer. For more information about how to use nprint, type:

nprint /?

from the dos command line.

Printing from Windows 3.11

To print from Windows, you will need to use the print capabilities of the software that you are using (such as WordPerfect for Windows, Microsoft Word, Excel) in order to print. The print option is located under the File menu for most Windows applications. If you cannot find a way to print, please see the UC on duty.

Most windows applications let you select which printer you are printing to. The default printer is the printer in the room that you are working in. The following table gives a list of the names of the printers which may be chosen from windows:
Lpt
Assignment
Printer Location

LPT2
(Printer located in your room)
Varies

LPT3
speare16
Speare 16~

LPT4
speare5
Speare 5

LPT5
color
Speare 16~

~Please get a UC to pick up your printouts.

If you need to choose another printer, or for more information on how to print from windows, please see a UC.

Printing from the MacIntoshes

To print from the MacIntoshes, you must first mount your directory on that MacIntosh. For information on how to mount your directory on a MacIntosh, please look at the sign "Logging Onto a MacIntosh" located in the MacIntosh lab (Speare 137), or ask a UC.

After you mount your directory, select the Chooser from the Apple menu, and select "Laserwriter 8" in the NMTCC Appletalk zone. Then, choose the printer that you want to print to. Finally, use your application to print your file. The print option is typically located under the file menu.

For more detailed information on printing from a MacIntosh, please see the "Working on the MacIntosh" sign in the MacIntosh lab. If you have a problem printing, please get a UC from the help desk.

The Printout Boxes

Printouts are placed in the printout boxes located next to the stairs in Speare 14. Printouts are placed there by the UC's throughout the day.

Printouts older than two weeks may be recycled! Please pick up your printout as soon as possible.

Printer Names

You should know the name and location of the printer you want to print to before you begin printing. Each printer is named after its location, with the exception of a few special printers. A table of printers is provided below.

Printer Descriptions





Name
Location
Color?
Duplex?
Cost Per Page

speare4
Speare 4
No
No
$0.10

speare5
Speare 5
No
Yes
$0.10

speare9
Speare 9
No
No
$0.10

speare14
Speare 14
No
Yes
$0.10

speare16
Speare 16~
No
Yes
$0.10

speare137
Speare 137 (Mac Lab)
No
No
$0.10

weir204
Weir 204*
No
No
$0.10

workman54
Workman 54*
No
Yes
$0.10

color
Speare 16~
Yes
No
$0.50

duplex
Speare 16~
No
Always
$0.10

legal
Speare 16~
No
Yes
$0.10

legaldup
Speare 16~
No
Always
$0.10

transparency
Speare 16~
Yes
No
$1.00

~Please get a UC to pick up your printouts.

*Accessible to classes only.

Please do not print to the classroom printers unless you are in that class at the time. Do not disturb a class in order to obtain a printout!

Speare 16 contains TCC equipment. If you print to any of the printers in Speare 16, please come get the UC on duty to get your printout.

Printer Charges

The cost for printing is based on the total number pages that are printed. This includes the header page and any page following, whether or not the page has any printing on it or not. If you print duplex, then you are charged twice for each page--once for each side of the page printed on. Below are some recommendations for reducing the cost of printing.

Print Without A Header Page - If you are printing from dos or from unix, you may print a document without a header page. Please pick up your printout immediately, as someone may believe that it is part of their printout. If a printout without a header page is found by a UC, it is put into the Unknown printer box.

For unix, you can avoid printing the header page by using the '-h' option. For example, 'lpr -Pspeare5 -h myfile.ps' would print the file 'myfile.ps' without a header page.

For dos, you can avoid printing the header page by using the 'nb' option. For example, 'nprint myfile.txt Q=speare5 nb' would print the file 'myfile.txt' without a header page.

Printing Problems

If you have problems or questions about printing or with the printers, please contact a UC at the help desk. If a UC is not available, please use the ticket program in order to file a ticket about your problem.

See Also:

ticket(1), hardware(l), lpr(1), lpq(1), lprm(1)

Author

Written by Jason Trowbridge (ratman@mailhost.nmt.edu)

Updated by Jason Trowbridge (ratman@mailhost.nmt.edu)