Apple Mac OS X FAQ
Sunday, February 01, 2004
To Get Serial Number From Terminal
To Get Serial Number From Terminal

[Hostname:~] user% ioreg -l -w 0 | grep IOPlatformSerialNumber
Acronyms To Always Remember
POP: Post Office Protocol.
IMAP: Internet Message Access Protocol
SMTP: Simple Mail Transfer Protocol
MIME: Multipurpose Internet E-mail Extension
SASL: Simple Authentication and Security Layer
CRAM Challenge-Response Authentication Mechanism
SSL: Secure Socket Layer

Why Common Unix Printing System:
Why Common Unix Printing System:

o Open Source and built on open standards such as PostScript and PPD’s
o Full integrated into the command line. Adding a print queue from the print center makes it available from the command line.
o IE. lpr and lpradmin
o Gimp-Print is an optional install from the installer CD. This gives additional drivers for over 100 printers. Older printer normally not supported in Mac OS X will be supported in conjunction with Gimp-Print. Some Gimp-Print are better than manufacturer drivers. User experience will vary and should be tested.
o Client print sharing can share any queue (USB, network, FireWire) that can print successfully from OS X. This includes both PostScript and Raster printers.
o Mac OS X printing provides accounting records. Information recorded in the page log can be analyzed to obtain accounting data.

Apple does not support the following features of CUPS in the user interface:

o Authentication
o Encryption
o Quotas

You could modify the cupsd.conf file but Apple will not support your changes.

File and Folder Locations

o Mac OS X PPD’s usually resides in:
o /Library/Printers/PPDs/Contents/Resources
o /System/Library/Printers/PPDs/Contents/Resources
o /etc/cups/ppd

When print sharing is enabled, a user on a remote computer will receive a copy of the PPD.

o Most Spool Files resides in:
o /var/spool/cups
o CUPS log files
o /var/log/cups

Common Unix Printing Resources:

1. Access your cups web interface.
2. On Line Manual Pages
3. Visit CUPS Developer site.
a. http://www.easysw.com/
4. Visit the CUPS and IPP Open Source site.
a. http://www.cups.org
b. http://www.ietf.org/html.charters/ipp-charter.htm
5. Get the book
a. CUPS: Common Unix Printing System - Michael R. Sweet

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