Printer queue - simple question

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Woutje, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. Woutje macrumors member

    Aug 21, 2005
    I just have a simple question.

    Assume you're on the road with a macbook and want to print a document. Your printer is not connected. The document is put in the printer queue.

    How long does the document stay in the queue? Untill reboot? Forever?

    Previously it was forever on my macbook, but now not anymore. I used to queue a lot of documents and print them all at once whenever i attached the usb.

    Since lately, the queue is emptied from time to time, but i dont understand why.

    Any ideas?
  2. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    There is a sophisticated control interface to CUPS (Common Unix Printing System), which handles printing on OS X.
    It is accessed through your browser.
    First, you need to turn it on, by entering this command in the Terminal:
    cupsctl WebInterface=yes
    Then type "localhost:631" into your browser.

    In the Advanced settings, you can specify that all jobs are to be retained, with an optional limit on how many to retain, and for how long.
  3. Woutje thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 21, 2005
    Thanks. I did what you said, but noticed the settings were already OK.

    I turned everything off, and back on again. Hopefully this did the trick.

    I'll check back in a few days.

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