Linux cancel command

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

About cancel

Cancels a print job on System V Unix.


cancel cancels existing print jobs. The -a option will remove all jobs from the specified destination.

When specifying printers, printer names are not case-sensitive.

cancel syntax

cancel [ -E ] [ -U username ] [ -a ] [ -h hostname[:port] ]
       [ -u username ] [ id ] [ destination ] [ destination-id ]



Forces encryption when connecting to the server.

-U username

Specifies the username to use when connecting to the server.


Cancel all jobs on the named destination, or all jobs on all destinations if none is provided.

-h hostname[:port]

Chooses an alternate server.

-u username

Cancels jobs owned by username.

cancel examples


Cancels all pending print jobs.

lp — Print a file on the System V operating system.
lpq — List the status of available printers.
lpr — Submit print requests.
lprm — Remove requests from the print queue.
lpstat — List the status of the LP print services.