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why do my printer "requests" disappear after 12 midnight?

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I have a new Macbook, and it does not hold onto printer 'requests' beyond 12 midnight. How do I set it to "hold" them, until I wish to print?
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by:Alan Henderson
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Try resetting your printer settings:

Deletes all queues and jobs.
Resets all printer settings to their default by deleting configuration files.
Performs a permissions check on the /tmp directory.
Any printers, scanners, or fax modems that previously appeared in System Preferences will need to be added again after resetting the printing system.

Instructions here:

http://support.apple.com/kb/TS3147
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by:Eoin OSullivan
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Usually the problem is the opposite of yours where people cannot REMOVE jobs from the print spool queue!!

I doubt that Alans advice to delete all your printers and re-add them will work but as it clears all settings and preferences for your printers on OSX it will definitely give you a clean sheet to start with.  If the problem still exists after you've wiped and reloaded your printer(s) then look at the CUPS printing system itself on OSX.

The system that manages print spooling on OSX is called CUPS
There is a Web Interface to CUPS
http://localhost:631/
If the above URL doesn't work you might need to enable the web interface .. open Terminal and enter the command
 cupsctl WebInterface=yes

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There is an options you can set in the preferences to Preserve Job Files for a specific period
See the configuration reference here .. look for the PreserveJobFiles parameter
http://www.cups.org/documentation.php/ref-cupsd-conf.html
and here
https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/Darwin/Reference/Manpages/man5/cupsd.conf.5.html
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Thanks but this is all a bit complicated for me.
I was hoping you'd give me a few directions, - go to preferences, options, time set, - and the fault would be corrected.
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by:Eoin OSullivan
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Beavoid.  
The steps are not simple because the problem you report is not a typical OSX error. In fact I've never heard of it before and I've been working with macs for over twenty years.  If there was a checkbox on a setting that I was aware of to fix the issue I'd have told you.  In fact because there isn't a setting and your problem is so strange I'd have a concern that your system is not setup correctly or some app or utility has done something strange to the system configuration.
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Sorry, this is in Error.
I have selected the two answers both equally.
And graded them with B.
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