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The following instructions refer to setting up a Linux operating system to print to the Campus-wide Printing network. Please take note of the Important Information at the bottom of this page.

Requirements:

  • Must have CUPS.
  • Download the CWPS Linux Package here.

These steps were performed on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Fedora 23. While the script within the package should work on other versions of Linux, we do not guarantee that it will. Depending on your version of Linux you may need to gain root access in order to run the shell script.

There are two methods to install printers on Linux based systems.

  • Method one makes use of a shell script to install and configure the necessary printers correctly. It is strongly recommended that this method be used. 
  • Method two makes use of the CUPS interface. This method is a little more involved and it is recommended that this be used in the event that the first method fails. 

METHOD ONE: CWPS LINUX PACKAGE

1. Download the CWPS Linux package and extract the package to your Desktop.

  • You should now see a folder called 'cwps_linux'.

2. Open terminal and cd into the 'cwps_linux' folder as seen below.

Linux Terminal

3. Enter ./start.sh in terminal and hit enter. You will be prompted for your admin password.

Linux terminal

4. After entering your admin password you will see a prompt asking if you will use a copy card at any time.
    If you will or think you will then enter 'Y', otherwise enter 'N'.
    Note: It is recommended to hit 'Y' as this is the default setup.

Linux terminal

5. Enter your dawg-tag exactly as it is on your ID card. You must include 'siu' in the front.

Linux terminal

Linux terminal

6. To verify a successful install go to System Settings > Printers.

  • Depending on your selection in step 4 you will see one or two printers.
  • If the printer(s) is/are not shown please try again or try method two.

Linux system printer section

7. If you ever need to use a copy card you will send your documents to the 'CWPS-Guest' printer. Otherwise
    you will use the 'CWPS-siu85xxxxxxx' printer to print using your Debit Dawg account.

METHOD TWO: USING CUPS TO ADD PRINTERS

1. Open a web browser and type http://localhost:631 in the URL field. This should bring up your local CUPS server configuration page. Click on the "Administration" tab.

Linux Cups

2. Click on "Add Printer."

Linux Cups

3. Choose "LPD/LPR Host or Printer"

Linux Cups

4. In the Connection: field, type "lpd://[siu85xxxxxxx]@itcsc-cwps.ad.siu.edu/CWPS_Color_Queue"

  • NOTE: You must type in the URL address exactly as shown to successfully add the printer. Anything in brackets should be replaced with your information.

Linux Cups

5. Type in the following information

  • Name: CWPS-Color-Printer
  • Description: Dell 5130cdn
  • Location: SIU

Linux Cups

6. Click Browse to select the Dell 5130cdn .ppd file.

Linux Cups

7. On the "Set Printer Options Screen", leave the default values.

Linux Cups

8. Click on "Set Printer Options" to finish adding the printer.

To verify a successful install go to System Settings > Printers. If the printer is not shown please try again or contact SalukiTech for further assistance.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • Since Linux is not fully supported for Pharos Uniprint, results may vary on different Linux platforms, applications, etc. 
  • There is no separate print queue for black and white printing with Linux. All print jobs will be sent to the color queue.
    • In order for your job to be priced correctly, you must ensure that your job is manually set to either gray-scale (for black and white), or color. If a document has any color on the page, the system will charge for a color page.
    • You can manually set page properties from within the application, usually in the print dialog box. Although the system should price correctly for jobs consisting of both black and white pages and color pages, it is recommended that you send color pages separate from black and white pages as two different jobs.
  • Always check your jobs in page preview before you send the job to the system in order to determine if you need to manually change the page color. Also, be sure to check the amount of your printout on the printer release station before you print.