enable and disable command in Linux

Enables and disables are the built-in shell commands. enable command is used to start the printers or classes whereas the disable command is used to stop the the printers or classes.

Syntax For enable Command:

enable [-a] [-dnps] [-f filename][name ...]

Syntax For disable Command:

disable [-c] [-W] [ -r [ reason ] ] printer


  • -a : List all builtins with the message of whether it is enabled or not.
  • -c : It will cancel the requests which are currently printing.
  • -d : Delete a builtin loaded with `-f’.
  • -W : Wait until the request currently being printed is finished before disabling printer. This option cannot be used with the -c option. If the printer is remote then the -W option will be silently ignored.
  • -r reason : It assigns a reason for the disabling of the printer(s).
  • printer : The name of the printer to be enabled or disabled.
  • -n: Disable the names listed, otherwise names are enabled.

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