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          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'] ...
          [--autoshutdown=mode] [--autoshutdown-timeout=timeout]
          [-h | --help | --version]

          cups-browsed has four independently switchable functions:

          1.  Browse Bonjour broadcasts of remote printers and
              create/remove local raw queues pointing to these

          2.  Browse CUPS broadcasts of remote printers and
              create/remove local raw queues pointing to these

          3.  Browse an LDAP server for printers and create/remove
              local raw queues pointing to these printers.

          4.  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

          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.

          -v, -d, --debug
               Debug mode, verbose logging to stderr

          -l, --logfile
               Debug logging into /var/log/cups/cups-browsed_log file.

          -c config-file

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               Uses the alternative configuration file config-file
               instead of the standard one.

          -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 config-
               uration file, the ones in the configuration file will
               get used.

               Auto shutdown mode, mode is off for no auto shutdown,
               on for auto shutdown being active, and avahi for con-
               trol 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 shut-

          -h, --help, --version
               Display usage and version info and do not start the


          SIGINT, SIGTERM: cups-browsed will shutdown.

          SIGUSR1: Switches cups-browsed into permanent mode (no auto

          SIGUSR2: Switches cups-browsed into auto shutdown mode.

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          Please take references to cups 1.6.x to include newer ver-
          sions.  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 tools.

          The facility provided by 3. allows printers that are regis-
          tered 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

          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 broad-
          casts, the created local raw queues are available to appli-
          cations and command line tools.

          This manual page was written for the Debian Project, but it
          may be used by others.


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