cups-browsed - A daemon for browsing the Bonjour broadcasts of shared,
remote CUPS printers
cups-browsed [-v | -d | --debug] [-c config-file]
[-o option=value] [-o 'config file line'] ...
[-h | --help | --version]
cups-browsed has four independently switchable functions:
- Browse Bonjour broadcasts of remote printers and create/remove local raw
queues pointing to these printers.
- Browse CUPS broadcasts of remote printers and create/remove local raw
queues pointing to these printers.
- Browse an LDAP server for printers and create/remove local raw queues
pointing to these printers.
- Broadcast local queues with the CUPS protocol.
Note that 2. and 4. are only to allow communication with legacy
CUPS servers (1.5.x or older) on the remote machine(s). The standard method
to broadcast for shared/network printers to broadcast their presence is
Bonjour. The CUPS broadcasting/browsing protocol is deprecated.
cups-browsed can be run permanently (from system boot to shutdown)
or on-demand (for example to save resources on mobile devices). For running
it on-demand an auto-shutdown feature can be activated to let cups-browsed
terminate when it does not have queues any more to take care of.
SIGINT, SIGTERM: cups-browsed will shutdown.
- -v, -d, --debug
- Debug mode, verbose logging to stderr
- -l, --logfile
- Debug logging into /var/log/cups/cups-browsed_log file.
- -c config-file
- Uses the alternative configuration file config-file instead of the
- -o option=value, -o
'config file line'
- Supply configuration options via the command line. You can supply any line
which also could be put into the configuration file, but note that due to
the spaces the line has to be put into quotes, or for a simple key/value
pair the space between key and value can get replaced by '='. If
command-line-supplied configuration settings are contradicting with the
ones in the configuration file, the ones in the configuration file will
- Auto shutdown mode, mode is off for no auto shutdown,
on for auto shutdown being active, and avahi for control by
the avahi-daemon being run on-demand, getting auto-shutdown turned off
while avahi-daemon is present and on when avahi-daemon is shut down.
- What cups-browsed considers as inactivity for auto-shutdown.
inactivity-type set to no-queues (the default) means that
auto-shutdown is initiated if there are no queues generated by
cups-browsed any more, no-jobs means that auto-shutdown will get
initiated if all queues generated by cups-browsed are without jobs.
- timeout tells after how many seconds cups-browsed should shut down
if it has no local queues set up for any discovered remote printer any
more or jobs on these. Default is 30 seconds. 0 means immediate
- -h, --help, --version
- Display usage and version info and do not start the daemon.
SIGUSR1: Switches cups-browsed into permanent mode (no auto
SIGUSR2: Switches cups-browsed into auto shutdown mode.
Please take references to cups 1.6.x to include newer versions. Similarly, cups
1.5.x is intended to encompass older versions too.
In environments with only cups 1.6.x servers and clients (plus
cups-browsed on either server or client or both) the function
described in 1. enables the automatic discovery of remote queues and their
display in printing dialogues of applications and with command line
The facility provided by 3. allows printers that are registered in
an LDAP server to be added as local queues. CUPS servers 1.5.x are able to
automatically register printers in LDAP. The facility provided by
cups-browsed allows a filter string to further limit the printers
that are browsed from LDAP.
The facility provided by 4. means that servers running cups 1.6.x
plus cups-browsed can broadcast their local queues so that clients
with cups 1.5.x get these queues automatically available. The outcome of 2.
is that clients running cups 1.6.x plus cups-browsed can use the CUPS
broadcasts from servers with cups 1.5.x. As with browsing of Bonjour
broadcasts, the created local raw queues are available to applications and
command line tools.
This manual page was written for the Debian Project, but it may be
used by others.