connect to a network printer to be able to print

Warren Block wblock at
Wed Feb 27 18:47:55 UTC 2013

On Wed, 27 Feb 2013, Antonio Olivares wrote:

> Dear folks,
> I am trying to connect a network printer to be able to print to it.  I
> know the make/model of the printer:
> HP Color LaserJet CP4520
> and the ip address it is on
> I want to use lpd/lpr to be able to print as is specified in
> I read the instructions on the handbook, but it does not specify how
> to use the ip address or specify it to print to it.  How can I set
> this printer up?
> I have setup /etc/printcap with the following:
> lp:\
>        :lp=:\
>        :sh:\
>        :mx#0:\
>        :rm=HP_Color_LaserJet_CP4520:\
>        :rp=raw:\
>        :sd=/var/spool/lpd/lp:\
>        :lf=/var/log/lpd-errs:
> but there is no ip adress where the communication can exist.  How can
> I do this?  Do I setup the printer with CUPS?  or can it be done with
> lpr which is what I use with a local HP 1200 printer, but this one is
> a network printer.

If your local DNS does not have a name for the printer, define it in 
/etc/hosts:	HP_Color_LaserJet_CP4520

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