knowing if a printer is connected

Peter Brigham MD pmbrig at
Fri Nov 20 06:21:22 CST 2009

Yeah, I discovered that one already. Many different ways of getting  
the printers that are in the system preferences printing panel. But  
apparently no way of telling which one is actually connected and  
"live." It's hard to believe that the system is unaware of this piece  
of info until a print job is actually sent to the driver. I keep  
thinking there must be a way, via a shell function at the very least.  
But maybe not.... Any other ideas before I give up on this?

-- Peter

Peter M. Brigham
pmbrig at

On Nov 19, 2009, at 7:10 PM, Phil Davis wrote:

> BNig wrote:
>> The last item of the properties of a printer is the status, it  
>> unfortunately
>> returns idle. At least you get the names of the printers. The current
>> printer is the default printer.
>> regards
>> Bernd
> You can also get the names of the printers with:
>  put the availablePrinters into tList
> :-)
> -- 
> Phil Davis
> PDS Labs
> Professional Software Development
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