lp: stdin is empty, so no job has been sent
This morning, when I tried to print a text file from the command-line on SuSE Linux 9.0, I got an error message, instead of a printed piece of paper. I issued the same basic print command:
cat t.txt | lp -d "myprinter"
Instead of printing the document, I got the following error message:
lp: stdin is empty, so no job has been sent error message
That's interesting. I just piped the content of t.txt into lp through stdin. With this kind of error message, I don't even know where to look.
After my sys admin's help, it turned out that I've ran out of space in "/var". After clearing out the logs, the print function worked just fine again. The next time you get a problem like this, you might want to check out your /var directory.
Thank you this worked for me as well. It was quite a frustrating 3 hours till I found this solution as the printer command was working if you passed in the file as an argument or if root did the pipe to the printer.
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