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Printing at the institute

All printers of the institute are managed centrally. Before a print is sent to a printer, the system gets the page number and job settings, calculates the costs and checks permissions and credits for the sender. After a successful printing, the credits will be subtracted.

Credits and free printing

black and white


members of the institute*






* Members of the institute are: Professors, Staff, Assistants (PostDocs and PhDs), Guests.
** Assistants need to refill the credit (for free) after printing 100 colored pages per semester.
*** Students with 'Hauptfach Mathematik' get a free refund of 10 SFr. per semester automatically.

A printjob is counted based on page number, page format (A4 or A3), duplex or no duplex and color. Special settings like A3, duplex or color are only available on some special printers like g28, h52, j11, jcolor, k49, k and k49color.

Prices for all printers with different settings!

Charging Credit

You can view your credit, your settings and your last 50 print jobs in your account admin panel: www.math.uzh.ch/my.

Students can charge credits in 27-J-40. The credit can be used immediately.

Assistants (PostDocs and PhDs) can come to  J40 for charging credits for free. They can also write an email to the system support, but in this case probably has to wait some time until the credit is loaded up.

Printing on Group-Accounts

People, who are assigned to a group (made by the IT), can print on this group account. All members of the group have a link on the my Homepage, where they can see the Print-History of the group.

For printing on a group account, a job-billing information has to be sent with the print job. In many print dialogs (for example: Firefox) you have in the tab 'Job' in the section 'Job Details' a field 'Billing info'. There you must enter the group name (all lowercase) to print on the group account. In other print dialogs (especially the gtklp dialog) you have in the tab 'Special' the field 'Extra Options'. There you must type: job-billing=<group> where '<group>' is again the lowercase group name you wish to print on. On a console (with lp command) you can use the option -o job-billing=<group> for printing on a group account.

If you have problems with printing on a group account, please come to J40.

Printing via Console

Description Syntax Example
List of all printer lpstat -a > lpstat -a
Show default printer lpstat -d > lpstat -d
system default destination: k
Set up default printer lpoptions -d <printer> > lpoptions -d k
Print lp [-d <printer>] <file> > lp paper.pdf
> lp -d h52 paper.pdf
Printing n copies lp -n <number> <file> > lp -n 5 paper.pdf
Printing n copies in the order 1,2,3... 1,2,3 ....1,2,3 (rather than 1,1,1,2,2,2,3,3,3) lp -o Collate=True <file> > lp -n 5 -o Collate=True paper.pdf
Print two sides on one page lp -o number-up=2 <file> > lp -o number-up=2 paper.pdf
Printing one sided on a duplex printer lp -o duplex=None <file> > lp -o duplex=None paper.pdf
Printing duplex with turning on short edge lp -o duplex=DuplexTumble <file> > lp -o duplex=DuplexTumble paper.pdf
Printing transparencies lp -o media=Transparency <file> > lp -o media=Transparency paper.pdf
this selects tray 1 (if available)

Show printer queue, cancel job




Show printing queue on terminal

lpstat -o

lpstat -o

Killing a print job

cancel <job-nr>

cancel k-12345

Note: there are several print server (for load balancing and fail over). Every machine (terminal server, print server, ...) has it's own local print queues. During the printing process, every print job will be transferred from the local server to the print server to the printer. Until the job is completely transferred, the job remains visible in the print queue. After transfering, the job diasappears on the local print queue.

To delete a job, which is not visible in the local queue anymore, you need to log on the print server - typically you don't have the rights to do this.

Printing at VPP (ETHZ)

  • The VPP (ETHZ) offers Color Laser Printer (A4, A3) and Color Ink Printer (A0).
  • Payment: You can pay with Creditcard, Postcard or interne Fondsbelastung
  • Only shipping is possible
  • See the FAQ for more information.

Short statement about network printing

Samba manual: "Network printing is one of the most complicated and error-prone day-to-day tasks any user or administrator may encounter. This is true for all OS platforms. And there are reasons for this.

You can't expect most file formats to just throw them toward printers and they get printed. There needs to be a file format conversion in between. The problem is that there is no common standard for print file formats across all manufacturers and printer types. While PostScript (trademark held by Adobe) and, to an extent, PCL (trademark held by HP) have developed into semi-official "standards" by being the most widely used PDLs Page Description Languages (PDLs), there are still many manufacturers who "roll their own" (their reasons may be unacceptable license fees for using printer-embedded PostScript interpreters, and so on). "