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       printbillrc - fair printing billing and accounting system config file





       contains    all    definitions    for    printbilld(1),   printbill(1),
       printbill_printer(1) as well as the  other  configuration  and  support
       utilities  and  CGI scripts. It could also just contain a URL where the
       real configuration file can be downloaded.

       For the local-configuration  version  the  format  is  very  simple.  A
       parameter  is  followed by a colon and a value. Whitespace is permitted
       on either side of the colon.

       For the URL version it is even easier - the file only contains the  URL
       of             the             config             file            (e.g. It may be  either  FTP
       or  HTTP.  If you are going to use this option you will need to install
       wget as well.

       Printers may be defined individually  by  creating  "printer  exception
       files" called /etc/printbill/printer/<printername>, or may use defaults
       specified in the printbillrc file. This eases deployment in a  facility
       with  (e.g.)  100  identical printers. Most people with just one or two
       printers can probably stick with the defaults in printbillrc.

       The currently supported fields are as follows:

              Default colourspace (set to either mono (black  &  white),  cmyk
              (Cyan-Magenta-Yellow,  the  most  common  colour printer (either
              inkjet or colour laser). ’colour’ is a  synonym  for  cmyk,  for
              backwards compatibility) or cmy (Cyan-Magenta-Yellow, for cheapo
              3-colour printers). Also supported is the experimental and  not-
              to-be-trusted-at-all  ’pagecount’ option, which should be really
              fast but which totally ignores toner usage.

              The default price in dollars (or euros or roubles  or  whatever)
              per percentage coverage of black toner/ink.

              The  default  price in dollars (or euros or roubles or whatever)
              per percentage coverage of colour toner/ink.

              Default  price  per  page  (charged  in  addition  to  toner/ink

              Estimated total amount of coverage, in percent - a typical laser
              printer can do 5000 pages at 5% coverage, which equates to 25000
              percent coverage total.

              As per estimated_total_percent_black, only for colour toner/ink.

              Default  user  response  method.  Currently  supported   methods
              include mail to the user and a Winpopup message via smbclient to
              the user’s Windows machine.  Multiple response  methods  may  be
              specified  (comma  or space separated). If you use the smbclient
              option, you MUST put the following line in  your  smb.conf  file
              (of course change the path if necessary):

              print command = /usr/bin/lpr -P%p %s @@@%m

              printbill  will then be able to find the correct machine to send
              the winpopup message to.

              The location  for  printbill’s  databases.  If  it  starts  with
              http:// or ftp:// printbill uses wget to suck the databases down
              from the specified location.  Of course, this  only  works  with
              read-only operations :-)

       tmpfs  Temporary  filesystem  for  storing intermediate data files. For
              best performance, this should be on the same filesystem as  your
              print  queue.   /var/tmp  is a good idea. Note that some tmpfile
              operations are still performed on /tmp, since /tmp should always
              exist  and  always  be world-writable. Only performance-critical
              stuff happens in /var/tmp so it doesn’t need to be too huge.

       dpi    Dots-per-inch for use with bill calculation. More  dpi  is  more
              accurate  but  slower and more resource-hungry. Too low tends to
              overestimate the amount of toner used since the  png  driver  of
              ghostscript  doesn’t do antialiasing.  Useful values are between
              100 and 750 (I’d not recommend more than 300).

              Where non-admin  printbill  programs  (i.e.  printquote(1))  are
              located - e.g. /usr/bin or /usr/local/bin.

              Where  admin-related  printbill  programs  are  located  -  e.g.
              /usr/sbin or /usr/local/sbin.

       gs     Path to your ghostscript binary.

       lpr    Path to your print spooler program.

              Path to smbclient (optional - you only need to set this if  your
              response_method  includes  "smbclient"). See the response_method
              section for details as to how this works...

       filter The print filter to be used. Magicfilter has  several  anything-
              to-PostScript  filters  which are suitable. It is suggested that
              you put this here rather than in printcap(5)  because  that  way
              printquote can use it too.

       mta    Mail transport agent (e.g. /usr/bin/sendmail).

              Path  to  gnuplot  (optional  - you only need to set this if you
              wish to use printbill_grapher(1).

              Where to call for assistance should the need arise. Also,  where
              annoying status/error messages get sent.

              If  the  lockfile  is  present,  we  wait this number of seconds
              between checking to see if it is still there. This implements  a
              kind of persistent file locking (not based on flock()). Further,
              after the job  finishes  we  wait  this  amount  of  time  after
              releasing  the  lock  before returning (to ensure fair access to
              the databases for different queues).

              Equivalent of printbilld_user - deprecated & will  disappear  in
              version  5.x.   -  use  printbilld_user  instead,  which is more

              Username under which the printbilld process runs. On Debian  and
              FreeBSD this probably should be "daemon".

              Group under which the printbilld process runs. Add a ’printbill’
              group  if  you  want  to  use  the  web  interface  -  add  both
              printbilld_user and web_user to it.

              Username under which the web server process runs. On Debian this
              is "www-data", "www" on FreeBSD.

              Location of your printcap file (since lprng can be compiled with
              printcap in places other than /etc).

              Whatever  your  locale  uses  for dollars, pounds, francs, marks
              etc. Printed immediately before the  unit,  e.g.  $4.00,  RMB25,
              Y10.34.  This  is just used for display purposes (and in the web

              Either HIGH or LOW, depending on how much logging you want.

              The path for statistics. Normally this would  be  db_home/stats,
              but  you  may  choose  to  put  it  elsewhere  if you wish. This
              parameter is optional, do not define it if you  do  not  require
              statistics    collection.    The    output   files   are   named
              printbill_stats_$printer.dat. The format of this  file  is  that
              each  line corresponds to a file that someone attempted to print
              (individual files, not total batch jobs), and the  columns  list
              user and system times, child process user and system times, file
              size, page count, and  percentage  coverage  in  cyan,  magenta,
              yellow  and  black.  If  the  printer  is  monochrome,  the  CMY
              parameters will be zero.

              Jobs which, for some reason, cannot be billed are saved in  this
              directory  if  this  optional parameter is defined. You are then
              free to try to figure out what went wrong. Files  are  saved  as
              FAILED_printer_user-N, N being the number of the file in the job
              (i.e., user prints 5 jobs, 3rd one failes, N = 3).  This  option
              is really only required for debugging.

              Optional  logfile  which  records all transactions conducted via
              pqm (thus including the web interface).  Each  of  this  log  is
              simply  localtime, followed by a tab, a numerical Unix timestamp
              (as returned by time(3)), a  tab  and  a  positive  or  negative
              amount  (from  pqm  --inc and --dec). This should be both human-
              readable and easily parsed in software for sorting etc.

              Maximum number of concurrent processes that printbill can spawn.
              2-5 is recommended on a single-processor machine. 1 will process
              jobs purely sequentially, so you want more than 1 if you want to
              do  out-of-order  printing/billing  to  avoid  the  head-of-line

              Files  larger  than  this  are  niced  at   large_bill_niceness,
              otherwise small_bill_niceness.

              Niceness  level for jobs smaller than bill_nicethreshold. 5 is a
              reasonable value - make it zero for a dedicated machine.

              Niceness level for jobs larger than bill_nicethreshold. 10 is  a
              reasonable value.

              Niceness  level  used  by  printbill_quote.  Make it bigger than
              either small_bill_niceness  or  large_bill_niceness  -  printing
              should    take   precedence   over   non-interactive   quotation

              Location for web cookies.

              Name of the CGI script for administration.

              Name of the CGI script for users to check their quota levels.

              Contents are printed out at the top of the page (a bit like  SSI
              #include directive).

              Contents  are  printed out at the bottom of the page (a bit like
              SSI #include directive).

              Contains brief "Welcome to Franklin Corporation Print Management
              System" type message.

              Contains brief "See this person for more quota" type message.

              SHORT  or LONG - SHORT is suggested for sites with large numbers
              of users.  LONG is fine if you only have a page or two to scroll
              through. LONG is still accessable from SHORT.

              Web  document-root  relative  URL  where stats-related PNG files
              should go. Must be writable by web_user, and correspond  to  the
              same  location  as  graph_png_output_dir  (which  should  be  an
              absolute filesystem path). This parameter is optional - you only
              need  to  use  it if you are collating stats and wish to display
              them via the web interface.

              Absoulte filesystem path pointing to output directory for stats-
              related  PNG  files.  It  must  be  writable  by  web_user. This
              parameter is optional - you only need  to  use  it  if  you  are
              collating  stats and wish to display them via the web interface.


       You may define a printers as per the following example (which would  go
       in a file called /etc/printbill/printers/inkjet)

       # Example definition for a colour inkjet printer called "inkjet".

       colourspace:                    cmyk
       price_per_percent_black:        0.02
       price_per_percent_colour:       0.04
       price_per_page:                 0.05
       estimated_total_percent_black:  3000
       estimated_total_percent_colour: 1750
       response_method:         mail, smbclient

       Default  colourspace  (set  to either mono (black & white), cmyk (Cyan-
       Magenta-Yellow-Black, the most common colour printer (either inkjet  or
       colour   laser  -  ’colour’  is  a  synonym  for  cmyk,  for  backwards
       compatibility), cmy (Cyan-Magenta-Yellow, for cheapo 3-colour printers)
       or "pagecount" for a dumb easily-fooled page counter. The prices are as
       before, in [local currency units] per percent coverage or per page. The
       estimated   total   percent  black  may  be  calculated  easily  -  the
       manufacturer will say 5000 pages at an average 5% coverage, this  gives
       25000 percent total coverage.  For mono printers the colour entries can
       of course be deleted.


       printbill(1),  printbilld(1),   printbill(8),   printbill_configure(8),
       printbill_grapher(1),  percentblack(1),  percentcolour(1),  pqcheck(1),
       printquote(1), printbill_printer(1), printcap(5),  init_from_passwd(8),