cups-genppdupdate Man page



cups-genppdupdate – update CUPS+Gutenprint PPD files


cups-genppdupdate [-h] [-n] [-N] [-q | -v] [-s ppd-directory] [-s out‐
put-directory] [PPD-FILES or QUEUES…]


cups-genppdupdate regenerates the Gutenprint PPD files in use by CUPS,
using the PPD files under /usr/share/cups/model/gutenprint as tem‐
plates. The new PPD file replaces the old PPD file under
/etc/cups/ppd, but all the options set in the old PPD will be merged
into the new PPD, provided that they are still valid in the new file.

If no files or queue names are specified, cups-genppdupdate updates all
Gutenprint PPD files in /etc/cups/ppd. Otherwise, cups-genppdupdate
updates all files or queues listed on the command line.

cups-genppdupdate does not update Foomatic PPD files or PPD files from
Gimp-Print 4.2 or earlier.

cups-genppdupdate does not restart cupsd. cupsd will need manually
reloading (or send SIGHUP) once cups-genppdupdate has completed.


-h Show a help message.

-n No action. The program will run, but the old PPD files will not
be replaced.

-q Quiet mode. No messages will be issued, apart from errors.

-v Verbose mode. More informative messages will be issued. Note
that extremely verbose output may be turned on by setting
$debug=1 in the source, but this output will not be of use to
the average user.

-s ppd-directory
Use ppd-directory as the base directory to read PPD files from.
By default, the base directory is /usr/share/cups/model/guten‐
print. Under this directory, the PPD files are located in sub‐
directories according to language code and territory.

-o output-directory
Place updated PPD files in output-directory. By default, this
is the same as the input directory.

-N Reset all options to their defaults (do not merge options from
the current PPD file)


cups-genppd(8), cups-genppdconfig(8), CUPS Software Administrators Man‐
ual, http://localhost:631/documentation.html


Copyright © 2002-2006 Roger Leigh ( and Robert
Krawitz (

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
under the terms of the GNU General Public License, version 2, as pub‐
lished by the Free Software Foundation.

This manual page was written by Roger Leigh (

Version 5.2.11 15 Jan 2016 CUPS-GENPPDUPDATE(8)