lpq - display the content of a print queue
/usr/ucb/lpq [-P destination] [-l] [+ [interval]]
The lpq utility displays the information about the contents of a print
queue. A print queue is comprised of print requests that are waiting in the
process of being printed.
lpq displays the following information to the standard
- the username of the person associated with a print request,
- the position of a print request in the print queue,
- the name of file or files comprising a print request,
- the job number of a print request, and
- the size of the file requested by a print request. File size is reported
Normally, only as much information as will fit on one line is
displayed. If the name of the input file associated with a print request is
not available, the input file field indicates the standard input.
The print client commands locate destination information using the
printers database in the name service switch. See
nsswitch.conf(5), printers(5), and printers.conf(5) for
The following options are supported:
Displays information in long format. Long format includes
the name of the host from which a print request originated in the
Displays information about printer or class of printers
), or POSIX-style
) names. See printers.conf(5)
for information regarding destination names.
Displays information at specific time intervals. Stops
displaying information when the print queue is empty. Clears the screen before
reporting displaying the print queue. Specify interval as the number of
seconds between displays. If interval is not specified only executes
The following operands are supported:
The job number associated with a print request.
The name of the user about whose jobs lpq reports
information. Specify user as a valid username.
The following exit values are returned:
An error occurred.
User-configurable printer database
System printer configuration database
NIS version of /etc/printers.conf
LDAP version of /etc/printers.conf
See attributes(7) for descriptions of the following attributes:
lp(1), lpstat(1), lpc(1B), lpr(1B), lprm(1B),
nsswitch.conf(5), printers(5), printers.conf(5),
attributes(7), standards(7), lpadmin(8)
When IPP is in use, the user is prompted for a passphrase if the remote print
service is configured to require authentication.