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Printing from a Mac?  See here. Also see the note on duplex printing in the next section.

Printing from Windows PC?  See here.

There are three b/w postscript printers available: 

  • "p544" (HP LaserJet 5200) is in HFA Building C
  • "p433" (HP LaserJet 600) is in HFA Building D
  • "p665" (HP LaserJet 5200) is in HFA Building B

Each workstation is normally set up to use the closest printer as the default lp. All laser printers are capable of 2-sided printing (lp -o duplex); p544 and p665 are our fastest printers;  please use them for long printouts (long defined as anything more than 30 pages or postscript files larger than a megabyte in size). Use the lp command rather than the old lpr, use "lpstat -t" rather than lpq. "lp" automatically recognizes postscript and rasterfiles.

N.B. If you get a postscript file via email, don't forget to strip off the header, and any lines preceding the line:

To print TeX dvi files, use dvips or TeXShop.

Another useful print command is enscript, e.g., to print a file, rotated, 2 columns per page:

enscript -2r file

To print one-sided from a Linux machine, use:

lp -d p544 -o sides=one-sided filename

If that command fails, try:

lp -d p544 -o Duplex=None filename

To explicitly print duplex from a Linux box or a Mac command line:

lp -d p544 -o Duplex=DuplexNoTumble filename

Color Printing

There are three color printers:

  • "color" (Canon iR-ADV 5235) in HFA Building B ("the copier")
  • "color2" (HP Color LaserJet CP4525dn) in HFA Building C
  • "colord" (HP Color LaserJet CP4525dn) in HFA Building D

They will print duplex with the "-o duplex" option to the lp command.

If the color printers ask for toner (a message will show up in the printer message window), please notify the Front Desk receptionist or send email to central@astro.

To print on one of the color printers, enter:

lp -d color filename
lp -d color2 filename
lp -d colord filename


To print a poster, please see these instructions

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