When I print something (Firefox 5 but also other apps), the option “color” is always set to “Color (CMYK)”. How do I make “monochrome” or “black & white” the default?
This is a Kyocera FS-C5100DN with CUPS 1.4.6-5ubuntu1.3.
[EDIT] Output of
lpstat -d -v:
system default destination: FS-C5100DN device for FS-C5100DN: socket://192.168.0.24
So the question is now: Can I change the default somehow on my own computer without changing settings on the server?
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You can configure CUPS defaults for your account by running the
lpoptions command. Run
lpoptions -l to see what options are available for your printer, and determine which one corresponds to the color/monochrome choice. For example, with this output
$ lpoptions -l | grep Color ColorModel/Color Model: Gray Black *RGB CMY CMYK KCMY
I would set
Black. Then run
lpoptions -o NAME=VALUEto set a default option. This creates a file called
~/.cups/lpoptionsthat applications using CUPS will read.
lpoptions -o ColorModel=Black
Other printers may use different parameters, e.g.
lpoptions -o ColorType=Mono
You can define aliases for sets of options and make one of them the default.
lpoptions -p FS-C5100DN/bw -o ColorModel=Black lpoptions -p FS-C5100DN/color -o ColorModel=RGB lpoptions -d FS-C5100DN/bw
Most CUPS printer drivers have this in their options settings. I don’t know about Ubunutu but a default CUPS installation will include a special local-host only web server that can be used for configuration and management of printers. Try this URL: http://127.0.0.1:631
From there go to the Printers tab, select the printer you want to modify, then choose “Set Defaults Options” from the Administration menu. My printer has B&W default options under the Printout Mode tab, but yours may vary.