cupsdisable – Disable the Specified Printer

The cupsdisable command is a Linux command that is used to disable a specified printer in the Common Unix Printing System (CUPS). This command is particularly useful in cases where a printer is having issues or needs to be temporarily taken offline for maintenance.

Overview

The cupsdisable command is used to disable a specific printer in CUPS. The syntax for this command is as follows:

cupsdisable [options] <printer_name>

Where <printer_name> is the name of the printer you wish to disable.

For example, to disable a printer named “HP_LaserJet_4000”, you would use the following command:

cupsdisable HP_LaserJet_4000

Once the printer is disabled, any print jobs that were in the queue will be stopped. However, the printer configuration will remain intact, so you can easily re-enable the printer at a later time.

Options

The following table lists all available options for the cupsdisable command:

Option Description
-E Forces encryption when connecting to the CUPS server
-U username Specifies the username to use when connecting to the CUPS server
-c Specifies the configuration file to use
-h server Specifies the hostname or IP address of the CUPS server
-p port Specifies the port number to use when connecting to the CUPS server
-u Specifies that the printer should be unconditionally disabled (even if it is currently printing)

Troubleshooting Tips

  • If you receive an error message that says “Unable to connect to server”, make sure that the CUPS server is running and that you have specified the correct hostname or IP address.
  • If you receive an error message that says “Not authorized”, make sure that you have specified the correct username and that your user account has the necessary permissions to manage printers.

Notes

  • The cupsdisable command is part of the CUPS printing system, which is the default printing system for most Linux distributions.
  • To re-enable a printer that has been disabled using the cupsdisable command, use the cupsenable command with the same printer name.