Designating the default printer

Len Zettel zettel at
Thu May 8 08:24:10 PDT 2003

Thanks to all for their patient and courteous answers.

At this point it is obvious I did not pay nearly
enough attention to the first sentence in the second
paragraph of Naming the Printer in the
Handbook: "At least one of the printers specified
in the /etc/printcap should have the alias lp."

Which does make me curious:  Under what circumstances
might it be useful to give more than one of the printers
the alias lp, and what would happen it one did?  Which
one would get used for a given job?

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