Delay in print processing may cause print jobs not to finish in time

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP3
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP2


When updating to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP2 or SP3 with cups 2.2.7, a delay in processing print jobs is observed if the file /etc/cups/printers.conf contains a high number of printer entries. While the overall delay of processing is only a second per job, this may lead to significant delays while processing print jobs in total. This delay is not seen when comparing to older cups versions (e.g. 1.7 available in SLES 12) or newer upstream versions. 


A Program Temporary Fix is available upon request. Please open a service request in case this issue is experienced. 


The issue was identified by the upstream cups project and a fix was introduced in cups-2.2.8:

The cupsCreateJob, cupsPrintFile2, and cupsPrintFiles2 APIs did not use the supplied HTTP connection (Changelog )


Reported to Engineering

Additional Information

When looking at an strace output of an lpr command, a high number of recvfrom is seen:

localhost:~ # strace -c lpr -Ppdfprint /etc/hosts
% time     seconds  usecs/call     calls    errors syscall
------ ----------- ----------- --------- --------- ----------------
99.96    0.613015           1    451790         5 recvfrom
------ ----------- ----------- --------- --------- ----------------
100.00    0.613264                452291        19 total

The code was changed from using cupsEnumDests (which called cups_create_cb a very high amount of times to get the destination of a printer) to cupsGetNamedDest which reduced the number of calls tremendously. 

After installing the fix:

localhost:~/PTF-1189517-cups_slow # strace -c lpr -Ppdfprint /etc/hosts
% time     seconds  usecs/call     calls    errors syscall
------ ----------- ----------- --------- --------- ----------------
95.50    0.008879           1      5580         4 recvfrom
------ ----------- ----------- --------- --------- ----------------
100.00    0.009297                  6018        20 total

Please note: Above values have been captured on a test system and may not reflect production systems!


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  • Document ID:000020365
  • Creation Date: 14-Sep-2021
  • Modified Date:15-Sep-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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