In order to print you have to
- optional: check your balance
- decide which printer you want to use
- decide which mode you want it to use
- actually print
- deal with a host of common problems
Below you can find detailed descriptions for these steps.
For scanning, follow the steps outlined next to each scanner.
|ps1acip||black/white printer, scanner||duplex, tumble||01.155-113|
|ps2acip||black/white printer, scanner||duplex, tumble||02.135-113|
|ps2ccip||color printer, scanner||duplex, tumble, black/white||02.151-113|
Further printers and scanners can be found in the library Technische Zweigbibliothek. We do not operate those.
Each user has their own printing account at the CIP-Pool. The costs for printing are as follows:
|black-and-white||3 cent||4 cent|
|color||7 cent||13 cent|
While you're graphically logged in you can check your balance
online or with
pr_acct in the terminal .
If you're logged in by remote request a Kerberos ticket with
You can charge the printing account at the office of the department for computer science in 02.155-113 (opposite to the CIP2).
In order to print black/white on a color printer, append the letters bw to the printer name.
By default, only the front side of a sheet is used. To print in duplex mode, append a d to the printer name.
Tumble mode (suffix t) also prints to both sides, but also rotates the rear page. Use this for documents in landscape orientation.
Some modes can be stacked, for example to print in black/white and duplex on ps2ccip (a color printer), use ps2ccipbwd as the printer name.
To print the file
script.pdf at printer ps2ccip
use the following shell command:
lpr -Pps2ccip script.pdf
To print from a document viewer,
open the printing dialog and
lpr -Pps2ccip into the
Command Line field.
How to test if printer is available? How to check a printer's printing queue?
You can query the printer queue with the command:
lpq -P<printer> after
<printer> by the printer name as described above. (example:
How to print/delete print jobs?
The easiest way to remove all printing jobs started by you on the current
hostname is by running the following command from your terminal:
lprm -a all
The printer says "Papierstau" and refuses to do anything.
Please don't fumble with the device and ignore the instructions of the printer and instead contact us.
I have sent a document to the printer but nothing happens.
Probably your job or the one of another user, has caused a malfunction of the
printer or the printer system (e.g. paper jam). Such problems may result from
miscreated documents or any other paper format than Din A4. In this case the
job should be deleted from the printer queue. Otherwise it might happen that
the job is printed after solving the problem and the credits are debited of
the printing account. The command
lpq -P <printer> shows the printer queue
with all jobs and their job numbers. A job can be removed from this queue with
lprm -P <printer> <job>
Credit has been debited of my printer account without printing anything.
Likely the job was printed long time after sending it. (see section above)
I tried to print duplex but only one site in simplex was printed.
This is usually the result of a wrong paper format, make sure to choose A4.
Why does my printout look weird?
There are several common reasons for broken printouts, but unfortunately there
is no simple common way to avoid them. Wrong fonts, overlapping,
mis-positioned Glyphs or overlong lines are mostly due to missing fonts in a
PDF file. This problem can best be avoided by generating the PDF-Files with
the option 'PDF/A' or 'PDF for archiving' selected. When using TeX, try
pdflatex instead of
ps2pdf. When printing slides, often the function to
print 2, 4 or 8 slides on a page is misbehaving. We recommend using
psnup or the KDE printing dialog (which uses the broken
internally). Generally best results are accomplished by printing or converting