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Advanced configuration & logs

The majority of PaperCut NG/MF configuration is conducted in the Application Server’s web interface. Some additional configuration options are available in the following configuration files:

Config FileComments
~/server/server.propertiesContains server configuration including the default admin password, the server's TCP port and external database connection parameters.
~/providers/print/linux-x64/print-provider.confThe Print Provider's configuration file used by both the Samba and CUPS Print Providers. This file defines items such as the Application Server's IP address and port, process timeouts and other.

Advanced logging

Most important application logging is available via the Application Log tab of the Admin web interface. Some additional advanced level logging is maintained in standard text files located at:


Administrators can consult these logs when attempting to diagnose or troubleshoot problems.

Maintain correct user name when print jobs are redirected on CUPS

When print jobs on CUPS are redirected to a second print queue the job seems to come from a user account called lp. Note that the job is still correctly tracked against the user and the approriate accounts are charged as needed. However, some users can be confused when their jobs appear to be printed by another user at the device.

Administrators can edit the file ~/providers/print/linux-x64/print-provider.conf and uncomment the RedirectCommand entry. This forces PaperCut NG/MF to pass the user’s name to the CUPS subsystem on redirection. This is not the default behaviour as it can cause authentication problems, depending on how your network printer queues are configured, and you should verifty that users can still print after making this change.