SCUDC Printer Usage Policy
Warning: As of Fall 1998, most of this information has been superceded by the information in "helpme printquota"
Date of last revision: 4/30/1997
These changes reflect the new policy concerning printing of class-related materials.
- Class materials and information, including assignments, may be printed on the available printers in the Design Center.
- Limit yourself to ONE copy for yourself to save paper and toner.
- Please print assignments and notes on the dot-matrix printers (
dm2), unless it is completely necessary to print them on the laser.
- The following are NOT allowed to be printed on the Design Center printers:
- On-line documentation like man pages,
- Things totally unrelated to courses or technology in general.
Rules Governing Printer Usage
- As a general rule, only school-related work should be printed.
- Flagrant violation of SCUDC printing policies can result in having your account suspended.
- The only print queues normally enabled are
laser. If you wish to use a different print queue, please check with the Lab Monitor to have it enabled for you. You will not be able to print if you do not do this.
- Most printouts are available from the Lab Monitor on duty. Because we have seen many violations of our printing policy in the past, the Lab Monitor will now be reviewing printouts for violations. Please try to keep the area around the Lab Monitor desk clear so that people can get to the PCs or get to the Lab Monitor. You can use the
lpstat command to see if your job has been printed yet or how many other print requests are ahead of it.
- Printing of on-line documention is forbidden. This includes Helpme files, Lrom pages, unix man pages, and on-line help provided by applications. These resources are provided for on-line reading only.
- The laser printers and inkjet plotters (
dj650) are only to be used for class projects and homework.
- Text files should only be printed on the laser printers if they are a final copy of classwork to be submitted to the instructor. Text files should never be printed to the inkjet plotters.
- Only color files should be printed to
- Please limit yourself to a single copy of your work. If you need multiple copies, there are copy machines available in Orradre Library as well as other locations on or near campus. Exception: Because color copiers are hard to find, you may print more than one copy if you first check with the Lab Monitor and explain why you need them.
- If you wish to use something other than the normal paper in a printer/plotter, please do so at a time when the lab is not busy. See the Lab Monitor to load your media. Transparencies are available from the lab monitor for $1.00 each. We have several paper sizes available for
dj650. If you need any other type of special paper, you will probably have to supply it yourself.
- We realize that there will occasionally be a valid reason for printing something not allowed by these policies. If this happens, please explain your situation to the Lab Monitor and get permission before you print.
- If you're not sure if something is allowed, please ask us. We're generally much nicer and a lot more flexible on these things if you ask for permission.
Tips and Tricks
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- The printers are busiest between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM on weekdays because of scheduled labs. They also tend to be busy just before closing time. You may have less of a wait at the printers if you come in at a different time. The printers are usually least busy first thing in the morning.
- A file named "a.out" or "core" is usually a binary file in a non-printable format; it will not print on any printer. Be careful when using commands such as "
lp *" which will try to print these files if they exist.
- C/C++ programmers: Usually only files ending in ".c" or ".h" are printable. In particular, files ending in ".o" are usually machine-code object, and "a.out" is a machine-code program.