Linux: How to start and stop printer queues

Q. How can I start and stop printer queues for printer called HPLJF2?

A. To stop/start printers and classes queues use enable (to start queue) command. There is also disable command to stop queue.

Linux Printer Control Command names

=> enable or cupsenable: To start the named printers or classes.

=> disable or cupsdisable: To stop the named printers or classes.

Task: Start a print queue

Type the following command to START a print queue for a printer called HPLJF2:
# /usr/bin/enable HPLJF2

Task: Stop a print queue

Type the following command to STOP a print queue for a printer called HPLJF2:
# /usr/bin/disable printer

Please note that use full path name for both commands. Otherwise you will end up running bash internal enable,which is use to enable and disable builtin bash shell commands.

Task: Verify queue is stopped or started

Use lpq command verify the queue is stopped or started:
# lpq

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