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The department has a number of printers available on the network for use by students and faculty.

Shared Printers

Math Workroom (Shanahan 3433)

There are three printers located in the math workroom (Shanahan 3433) for use primarily by faculty and staff, but also by students with an okay from a faculty or staff member.

  • deword is a Xerox WorkCentre 5855, a high-speed production photocopier capable of printing 55 pages per minute, on both sides of a sheet of paper at 1200 dpi. It can also staple documents and punch two or three holes on-the-fly.
  • laddie is a Hewlett Package LaserJet M3035xs MFP; a black-and-white multifunction printer that incorporates a duplexing 1200 dpi printer, a 600 dpi color scanner with autofeed, and a facsimile machine.
  • gaspode is a Hewlett Packard Color LaserJet 5550dtn, a color printer capable of printing on both sides of a page at 3600 dpi.

Math Office

  • heidi is a Hewlett Packard LaserJet 3035MFP, a duplexing black-and-white printer capable of printing double-sided jobs at 1200 dpi as well as scanning.

Math Second Floor (Shanahan Hallway)

  • hwel, a Hewlett Packard LaserJet 4100N, a black and white printer capable of printing both sides of a page at 1200 dpi.
  • wuffles, a Hewlett Packard OfficeJet Pro x576xw, a multifunction printer capable of printing in both black-and-white and color on both sides of a page at 1200 dpi, and also incorporating a multipage-feed scanner allowing you to copy or scan documents to PDF.

These printers are intended for use only by faculty and staff.


  • On the third floor of Sprague we have bigfido, a Hewlett Packard LaserJet P3015x, which is a black and white printer capable of printing both sides of a page at 1200 dpi.

Although this printer is primarily meant for use by students enrolled in the Clinic program, it can also be used by math students working on the third floor.

How to Print

The easiest way to print to any of these printers from one of the department's Linux machines is to use the xpp command instead of lpr. xpp gives you a graphical dialog box that allows you to pick the printer you want and then set any options. Most of the duplex-capable printers are already set to do duplex by default, but it never hurts to check.

If you have a PostScript document, you should be able to type a command such as


choose your printer, select any options (you would want “Long Edge (Standard)” for duplexing), then close the options dialog by hitting Return or clicking on the OK button and printing by hitting Return or clicking on the Print button.

xpp also allows you to set some of the more advanced functionality of various printers. For example, fluffy's stapling mode can be set with the options in the second tab labelled “Extra”. Set Stapler Mode to “Corner (Upper Left-P)” for the standard upper-left corner staple on a portrait page.

If you really want to use lpr, you could do

   lpr -P printer -o sides=two-sided-long-edge

There's more information about printing with our backend printing system, CUPS, available in the CUPS User's Manual (assuming you're on a math department Linux machine).


Math and CS share an HP DesignJet 1055, scraps, and an HP DesignJet Z56400, which we use to print posters for our respective departments (up to 36" wide).

Printing posters can only be done by systems administration staff, but you can request us to print a poster for you—more information (including templates) is available. We also have a LaTeX poster class that can be used.

Other Printers

You may see other printers on the math network. Most of these belong to professors or staff, and aren't meant for general printing. If you want to print to a faculty or staff member's printer, check with them and get permission first.