Changing A Default Queue
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Default print queue in AIX 4.1
Default print queue in AIX 3
This document discusses how to change a queue to be the default print que.
It is applicable to AIX 3.xx and 4.1.
At AIX 4.1, changing the queue to be the default is performed through SMIT.
NOTE: If this change is for selective users, see step 1 in the
section "Default print queue in AIX 3" of this document.
If this is a system-wide change, follow the path in SMIT.
Manage Print Queues
Set the System's Default Print Queue
Now you should be able to specify the name of the system default queue.
The default queue is the first queue in the /etc/qconfig file. The basic
process is to move the queue and queue device stanzas to be the first queue
stanzas in the file as follows:
- Add the following entry to the users .profile file.
The queue specified by queue_name will become the default queue for that
user, without affecting other users.
For a system-wide change, follow this procedure.
- Choose a time when the printing subsystem is inactive.
- Stop the qdaemon. Enter stopsrc -cs qdaemon.
- Change into the /etc directory. Enter cd /etc.
- Open the qconfig file. Enter vi /etc/qconfig.
- Search for the desired queue in the file. Enter /queue_name.
- Count the number of lines in the queue and queue device stanzas and any
blanks between them. The queue stanza should have the line device =
<dev_name>. The device stanza usually ends with a line similar to backend = ...,
but make sure there are no more indented lines after this. An example entry for a
4033 queue is (7 lines):
device = duplx
file = /usr/lpp/lap/dev/duplx
header = group
trailer = never
backend = /usr/lpp/lap/lpabe -n 10005A10000A ...
- With the cursor on the queue name (in this example it is pcl4039)
NOTE: The bottom of the screen will display: 7 lines yank'd.
We could have deleted the lines but copying them first is safer. Replace 7 with
your exact count.
- Move first, to the top of the file, then just below the lines starting
with asterisks (*).
Type p to put the lines. The lines should all be inserted here. If they
are not, repeat steps 5 through 7 for the remaining lines.
- Now search for the other entry. If you don't delete it, you will
have queue daemon problems with two identical queues.
- Delete the old queue and device lines (all of them). Place the cursor on
the line and type dd. You can also put the cursor on the
queue name, type d# and press Enter, where # is the line count.
- Save the file. Enter :wq
- Restart the qdaemon. Enter startsrc -s qdaemon.
- Check to see that the specified queue shows up first in the queue, and
that there are no errors reported. Enter lpstat.
- Print to test. Enter qprt /etc/motd.
[ Doc Ref: 90605201014630 Publish Date: Jan. 17, 2001 4FAX Ref: 5641 ]