The Computer Sciences department has limited printing resources. Before resorting to limiting resources, the department requests that users do the following:
- Preview any document rather than blindly printing it out.
- There are several good previewers for both TeX and Postscript files. Consult the printing faq for more info on previewers.
- Select specific pages to print.
- If you have a document where only a page or two has changed since you last printed it, print only the changes. Consult the printing faq for more info on printing selected pages.
- Use the department's printers only for departmental work.
- Using the Computer Sciences department's printers for personal documents or for work done for courses outside the department is a misuse of the resources. State law prohibits the use of State resources for private purposes. ITS sells Individually Funded (IF) accounts that may be used for printing.
- Use the printers only for single copies of a document.
- Printing multiple copies is prohibited. The printers aren't copiers.
- Do not print documents that may easily be viewed online.
- Manuals may be viewed on-line, as may web pages; do not print out documents that can be viewed easily on-line as needed. This applies particularly to man pages.
- Laser printers should not be tied up during peak hours.
- Peak hours are generally between about 10 am and 4 pm, but make a point of checking how heavy the printer usage is (using "lpq") and don't print long documents during those times. If you have a lot of files to print, print them in bursts (queue five files, then wait a few minutes before queuing another five) to avoid monopolizing the printer.
- Print jobs should not be left unattended.
- If you are printing a document, you must be physically present to monitor the printer status. If the printer runs out of paper or gets jammed, you should be on hand to deal with it-- don't start a print job and then leave the lab.
Users are requested to be courteous to other users. Hopefully, by paying attention and working together, we will be able to maintain a pleasant, open printing environment.