How-To: Print to UVM Pharos Printers from Linux (Updated to include all UVM Pharos printers!)

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For a long time, I haven’t been able to print to the UVM Bailey-Howe Library printers from my laptop running Ubuntu Linux. UVM provides a download to print to their Pharos System under Windows… but I don’t use Windows.

But I finally figured out how to do it! Here’s how in 10 easy steps:

(This can be accomplished through the Printers control panel OR the CUPS web interface, but I’ll explain how to do it through the latter. These steps were performed on Ubuntu 10.10, but should be very similar on nearly any Linux distribution or version (and maybe even Mac OS X).)

  1. Open Firefox/Chrome/whatever. Go to http://localhost:631 .
  2. On this web page, click Administration, then Add Printer.
  3. If prompted for a username and password, enter your computer’s login name and password (not your UVM NetID/password).
  4. Choose LPD/LPR Host or Printer. Click Continue.
  5. The connection path depends on what printer you’re adding. Type in one of the following, depending on which Bailey/Howe library printer you want to add, then click Continue.
    • Reference area (Cash): lpd://faros.uvm.edu/bw_cash_queue
    • Reference area (Cat$cratch): lpd://faros.uvm.edu/bw_catscratch_queue
    • Cyber Cafe B/W (Cash): lpd://faros.uvm.edu/CafeBWCash_queue
    • Cyber Cafe B/W (Cat$cratch): lpd://faros.uvm.edu/CafeBWCash_queue
    • Cyber Cafe COLOR (Cash): lpd://faros.uvm.edu/color_cash_queue
    • Cyber Cafe COLOR (Cat$cratch): lpd://faros.uvm.edu/color_catscratch_queue
    • Other Pharos Printer: see list below; append the “Name” after lpd://faros.uvm.edu/ :List of Pharos Printers
  6. Name and describe the printer however you want (the description can have spaces in it, but the name can’t). Then click Continue.
  7. For “Make,” click Generic in the list, then click Continue.
  8. For “Model,” choose a “Generic Postscript” printer. I chose “Generic Postscript Printer Foomatic/Postscript (recommended) (en).” Your choices might differ, though. Click Add Printer.
  9. Most of the default options are fine, but make sure the paper size is set to US Letter. To save trees, for “Double-Sided Printing” choose Long Edge (Standard). (This is just the default; if you want to print certain documents single-sided, you can).
  10. Click Set Default Options. That’s it! You’re done! When you print something, it should show up on the print release station under your computer login name (not your UVM NetID).

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Thanks to Wesley at UVM IT, who originally posted some faros.uvm.edu queues on his blog: http://www.uvm.edu/~waw/blog/?p=406. Thanks also to Kor at UVM IT, who emailed me a screenshot of the full list of UVM Pharos printer queues. UVM’s IT staff rocks!

(Photo credit: “PRINTER HELL” by Flickr user spike55151 (Used under Creative Commons Attribution license)

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