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Can't view print jobs in localhost history web portal in Mac OS X

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Job #53 cannot be restarted - no files.


I've saved the files to my desktop and printed from there and have yet to move them.  What would this mean?
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by:serialband
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I'm not clear on what you mean be the localhost history web portal.

It might mean that the jobs were deleted from the spooling directory.  OSX uses cups and spools to /var/spool/cups/.

There's some basic troubleshooting tips if you're having problems printing.
http://www.macworld.com/article/2029528/mac-troubleshooting-what-to-do-when-you-cant-print.html
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by:turbojournal
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A simpler way to put it:

Yesterday I printed 50 different files in 50 different locations from my computer.  I'd like to reprint them all again without having to search for them.

How can I do that?
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I think the easiest way is to batch print.
http://jessejchapman.com/blog/how-to-batch-print-multiple-files-in-mac-os-x-without-opening-them/


You could do it via the command line, so that you can copy the command to a text file to redo it.

lp -d “my_printer_name” ~/my_folder/*.pdf

http://desk.stinkpot.org:8080/tricks/index.php/2008/09/print-from-the-command-line-in-mac-os-x/
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by:turbojournal
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The problem is they were printed from the internet.  I don't have the files anymore.

Also, what do teachers do at schools when a prankster prints hundreds of paper in full ink? (Just another example).
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If they were printed from a web page, you should print to pdf first or just save the Web page to print from later.  On the Mac, there's a dropdown near the bottom left corner of the Print Dialog box.  Click on PDF, then select Save as PDF.

Do you know who the prankster was?  Ask their parents buy a a new toner cartridge.  Is your printer on the internet?  Don't put it on the internet.  Do you have print quota software?  Install one so you can track down the user account.  What kind of printer is it?  On many "office" printers, you can look up the account and print jobs.  If it's a "home" printer, you're out of luck.
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by:turbojournal
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The user above informed me:  Home printers do not have the functionality of visually seeing previous print jobs in the printer log and reprinting them as batch, especially after the original document or website is no longer located on the computer they were printed off of.
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