Monitoring CUPS printers' queue status

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This script is created to discover STOPPED printers in the CUPS system. Broken printers at a large enterprise could be a common problem. When CUPS cannot connect to the unit for a while (because somebody turned it off) it disables the
unit's queue automatically.

Instructions:




  1. Download the package (includes the script and the crontab fragment)

  • copy the script to /usr/local/sbin

  • copy the crontab fragment to /etc/cron.d (may need cron restart)

  • set up an email alias on the cups server for yourself so messages sent to root will end up in your inbox

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