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PrinterSetup is a flexible, open-source printer setup system. Released for the benefit of system administrators and Unix savvy users using CUPS, on OS X. Licensed under the GNU GPL v3

An addition to Bonjour print queue management. Use a combination of location, user, time to control printer queues. There is limited documentation availible. Software is in prototyping phase. Input is welcome. You can access additional information about PrinterSetup from the presentation available now at the official website.

PrinterSetup features scripts which:

  • Cancel all jobs on all print queues.
  • Start all more...

What's New

Version 0058:
  • Improved Package Deployment under OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion


  • OS X 10.3 or later
  • Package deployment requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later and Xcode 3.0 or later. PackageMaker is required for building un-singed print queue package installers). PackageMaker is available from the Apple Developer Site

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Negritude Member IconComment+1082

The developer's web site has a more concise description of this tool, for those who might still be confused:

"PrinterSetup is an enterprise CUPS print queue deployment tool.

PrinterSetup is cable of generating Apple packages for CUPS print queue deployment via Apple Remote Desktop (ARD)."

If you don't understand what that means, then this is not for you. :-)

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Version 0051
smallduck Member IconComment-1

A folder hierarchy does not make a suitable user interface. Hand edited configuration files suck hard too.

This app will be about recreating printer configurations on multiple machines? How about have the admin setup the printers in Print Centre, then have your app extract that setup into a document.

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Version 0013
Lucid Information Systems (Developer)

Thank you for your PrinterSetup feed back.

If you are looking for a way to clone print queues from one machine to another then you should look at copying the "/etc/cups/" directory.
Then reboot the machine or cups. It is advisable to make a backup before editing any configuration file.

The idea behind PrinterSetup is to allow print queue configuration via individual printer setup files, which can be easily managed by RADmind, rather than the GUI offered by the Printer Setup Utility. As a trade off for not using the GUI you gain fine grained control over the printers assigned to users, groups and or other accessible parameters.

In addition one file per print queue results in a maintainable order n solution. One group can be assigned printers 1, 2 and 3, while others are assigned printers 1, 3 and 4, yet you only need to specify the printer queue details in four printer setup files (one for each printer). This means when printer 3 changes, there is only one file which requires editing. If you had one configuration file per group, a singe change in an environment with 50 groups would result in changing 50 different configurations.

Every way has advantages and disadvantages. I recommend giving PrinterSetup more time and deciding if it meets your needs. Keep in mind that it is licensed under the GNU GPL, therefore you can make modifications as required.

The idea of pulling information from the Printer Setup Utility is interesting. This has been suggested by a colleague in the past, I will investigate how feasible it is to generate printer setup files from the current print queues on the machine. If you are interested in working together on this please let me know.

Again thank you for your feed back.
Best wishes.

Lucid Information Systems (Developer)

Yes a GUI has been considered for Printer Setup.

However, no one has yet come up with a good way to implement implement the GUI. If you have any ideas, let me know.

Personally I believe that an import and export function which supports PrinterSetup Files in Apples Printer Setup Utility would be ideal. However this would require Apple to support the format.

If you are interested in working on this GUI then let me know.

Lucid Information Systems (Developer)

With the CUPS export option. You may use GUI tools provided by your operating system or the CUPS web based interface and then export the PrinterSetup files using the bundled example script.

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Lucid Information Systems (Developer)

In order to submit contributions to this project then please contact the development team at http://lucidsystems.org

Express how you would like to see the project develop. Participating in the poll, kindly provided by http://macupdate.com

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Version 0007
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Lucid Information Systems (Developer)

Hi, I am the developers friend and I have worked at the site where he has used this tool.

I think that this tool along with Pykota can help set up and maintain the printing facilities of an organization - in this case we used it at a school.

I would recommend trying out this fusion of systems if you are interested to simplify the deployment of print servers in a multi-user network.

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