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NAME

       backend - cups backend transmission interfaces

SYNOPSIS

       backend
       backend job user title num-copies options [ filename ]

DESCRIPTION

       Backends  are  a  special type of filter(7) which is used to send print
       data to and discover different devices on the system.

       Like filters, backends must be capable of reading from  a  filename  on
       the command-line or from the standard input, copying the standard input
       to a temporary file as required by the physical interface.

       The command name (argv[0]) is set to the device URI of the  destination
       printer.   Starting with CUPS 1.1.22, any authentication information in
       argv[0] is  removed,  so  backend  developers  are  urged  to  use  the
       DEVICE_URI  environment variable whenever authentication information is
       required. The CUPS API includes  a  cupsBackendDeviceURI  function  for
       retrieving the correct device URI.

       Back-channel  data from the device should be relayed to the job filters
       by  writing  to  file  descriptor  3.  The  CUPS   API   includes   the
       cupsBackChannelWrite function for this purpose.

DEVICE DISCOVERY

       When  run  with  no  arguments, the backend should list the devices and
       schemes it supports or is advertising to stdout. The output consists of
       zero or more lines consisting of any of the following forms:

           device-class scheme "Unknown" "device-info"
           device-class device-uri "device-make-and-model" "device-info"
           device-class device-uri "device-make-and-model" "device-info" "device-id"
           device-class device-uri "device-make-and-model" "device-info" "device-id" "device-location"

       The device-class field is one of the following values:

       direct
            The  device-uri  refers to a specific direct-access device with no
            options, such as a parallel, USB, or SCSI device.

       file
            The device-uri refers to a file on disk.

       network
            The device-uri refers to a networked device and  conforms  to  the
            general form for network URIs.

       serial
            The  device-uri  refers  to a serial device with configurable baud
            rate and other options. If the device-uri contains a  baud  value,
            it represents the maximum baud rate supported by the device.

       The  scheme  field  provides  the  URI  scheme that is supported by the
       backend. Backends should use this form only when the  backend  supports
       any  URI using that scheme. The device-uri field specifies the full URI
       to use when communicating with the device.

       The device-make-and-model field specifies the make  and  model  of  the
       device,  e.g.  "Acme  Foojet 2000". If the make and model is not known,
       you must report "Unknown".

       The  device-info  field  specifies  additional  information  about  the
       device.  Typically this includes the make and model along with the port
       number or network address, e.g. "Acme Foojet 2000 USB #1".

       The optional device-id field specifies the IEEE-1284 device  ID  string
       for the device, which is used to select a matching driver.

       The  optional  device-location field specifies the physical location of
       the device, which is often used to  pre-populate  the  printer-location
       attribute when adding a printer.

PERMISSIONS

       Backends  without  world  execute permissions are run as the root user.
       Otherwise, the backend is run  using  the  unprivileged  user  account,
       typically "lp".

EXIT CODES

       The  following  exit  codes  are  defined for backends; C API constants
       defined in the <cups/backend.h> header file are defined in parenthesis:

       0 (CUPS_BACKEND_OK)
            The  print  file  was  successfully  transmitted  to the device or
            remote server.

       1 (CUPS_BACKEND_FAILED)
            The print file was not successfully transmitted to the  device  or
            remote server. The scheduler will respond to this by canceling the
            job, retrying the job, or stopping  the  queue  depending  on  the
            state of the error-policy attribute.

       2 (CUPS_BACKEND_AUTH_REQUIRED)
            The  print  file  was  not  successfully transmitted because valid
            authentication information is required. The scheduler will respond
            to  this by holding the job and adding the authentication-required
            job-reasons keyword.

       3 (CUPS_BACKEND_HOLD)
            The print file was not successfully transmitted because it  cannot
            be  printed  at  this  time. The scheduler will respond to this by
            holding the job.

       4 (CUPS_BACKEND_STOP)
            The print file was not successfully transmitted because it  cannot
            be  printed  at  this  time. The scheduler will respond to this by
            stopping the queue.

       5 (CUPS_BACKEND_CANCEL)
            The print file was not successfully  transmitted  because  one  or
            more  attributes  are not supported. The scheduler will respond to
            this by canceling the job.

       All other exit code values are reserved.

SEE ALSO

       cupsd(8), cupsd.conf(5), filter(7),
       http://localhost:631/help

COPYRIGHT

       Copyright 2007-2009 by Apple Inc.