This article outlines the steps required to create and capture a spool or job file in a Linux environment. Capturing the spool file may prove useful in the analysis and troubleshooting of print errors and anomalies.
Follow the steps below:
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Open the Command terminal, type cd /tmp/ and press Enter to go to the tmp folder.
Create a test file while in the tmp directory. To do so, type:
vi filename.txt (e.g., vi jobfile.txt)
|3||Open a web browser and type localhost:631 to open the CUPS web page.|
|4||Go to Administration tab > Server > Edit Configuration File.|
In the second line, type FileDevice Yes and save changes.
Note: Enter username and password, if prompted. The Server will restart automatically. This allows the CUPS scheduler to create a job file in File Device.
|6||Reopen a web browser and type localhost:631 to reopen the CUPS web page. Then go to Printers tab and select the printer (e.g.,MS610).|
Click on the Administration drop down, and select Modify Printer.
|8||The Modify menu opens. Select Internet Printing Protocol (ipp) radio button, and click Continue.|
Type file:/tmp/jobfile.txt in the Connection text box, and click Continue.
Note: The printer will print to a text file which is called the job file.
Do not change any other options. Click on Modify Printer.
Note: Clicking Modify Printer will restart cups.
|11||Go to Printers tab, click on the Maintenance drop down, and select Print Test Page. Check if a job file is created in the file:/tmp/jobfile.txt location.|
Print the actual job.
Note: Click here to view a sample job file.
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