CUPS (Common Unix Printing System) is printer server software for *nix.
Installing CUPS via XBPS
# xbps-install cups cups-filters
If you only need to access a CUPS server as a client then you only need to install libcups:
# xbps-install libcups
Installing hplip via XBPS
If you have an HP printer and need HP drivers you should install hplip:
# xbps-install hplip
With your HP printer connected and switched on, the following instruction will guide you to install any required drivers. The defaults offered, marked with an asterix(*) and chosen with thekey, are typically satisfactory.
$ sudo hp-setup -i
# xbps-install foomatic-db foomatic-db-nonfree
Starting the CUPS server
Be sure to enable and start the service before trying to use it:
# ln -s /etc/sv/cupsd /var/service/
For more documentation about using services, see for example runit.
There are many different applications which can be used to configure CUPS. If you prefer a GUI tool, perhaps your desktop manager has an application to do this, otherwise install system-config-printer:
$ sudo xbps-install system-config-printer
In order to add printers you will need to run system-config-printer as root:
$ sudo system-config-printer
In any case, the CUPS server comes with a web interface, which can be accessed by navigating to http://localhost:631 with your web browser.
Default settings can be configured, including locating network printers. Of course the command line can also be used to configure cupsd. For example, it is a good idea to set the system's default printer:
# lpotions -d <printer name>
A list of <printer name>s can be shown using:
$ lpstat -p
Command line interaction with CUPS
The lp* commands can be used to set and get a lot of information from the CUPS server. For more information, read the manual entries for, , , , , , etc.