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Canceling Print Jobs in Unix


Step 1

  • View the print queue with the command line:

    lpstat <printer name>
  • To the right is a listing of what a typical print queue might look like. The process IDs are bw-456 bw-457 bw-458 etc.

Step 2

  • Cancel a print job with the following command line:

    cancel <print job ID>
  • To the right, the job numbered bw-456 is being cancelled from printing on the network print queue of bw.
  • Note that you will not be able to cancel other peoples' jobs nor may the same be done to your own print jobs.




  • If you are unable to cancel your print job or experience other difficulties send mail to root@cs.virginia.edu