Defaults for the KDE 4.4 printer dialog

Anne Wilson cannewilson at
Tue Mar 30 19:11:16 BST 2010

On Tuesday 30 March 2010 18:48:21 Tassilo Horn wrote:
> On Monday 29 March 2010 19:39:48 Tassilo Horn wrote:
> Hi Anne,
> > > The present situation is that you set your defaults in CUPS, via
> > > localhost:631.  In the printer dialog you change things as you want
> > > them for a one-off print.
> > 
> > Thanks for the tip, I'll try it tomorrow when I'm back at work.
> Ok, I cannot set my default printer using the CUPS interface, because at
> work I connect to the CUPS server of my university, and there I don't
> have the right permissions.
> I tried the [set as default] button in the printer listing.  Or is there
> another default setting, which tells my locally running cupsd to use
> some remote printer as default without trying to do any modifications on
> the remote side?
In theory you could, but you will probably need to get from the university 
sysadmins the connection method required.  While you are connected try 
localhost:631 and give your root password.  Check "Show printers shared by 
other systems" and try "Find Printers".  If it can find the printer you 
probably will have to tell it the protocol and port information, which the 
sysadmin gave you.

I've never tried it, so it's pure guesswork - I can't even step through the 
pages as I'm not in your position.  You can always Add Printer manually, if 
the Find doesn't work, but again you will need to know protocol and port.

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