LPD Print Queue error Too many active jobs

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications 15 SP1 x86_64


A CUPS print queue reported  (logs can be found on the  /var/log/cups/error_log) the following error message many times: 
/usr/bin/lpr: Too many active jobs.


Add the following line to the "/etc/cups/cupsd.conf" file.
MaxJobs 0


If the CUPS received more than 500 jobs simultaneously (the default limit), then the above errors will be logged, and the printing will be stopped. To avoid this situation, and if usually submit more than hundreds of jobs, Then it is advised to modify the limit. 

To change the limit to a new value or to disable the limit, then, add a new line in the configuration file "/etc/cups/cupsd.conf" for the "MaxJob" parameter like the following:
MaxJobs number

Example (1): To have a new limit of 2000 jobs at a time.
MaxJobs 2000

Example (2): To disable the limit.
MaxJobs 0


Additional Information

It is advisable to monitor the system using the "lpstat" or similar tools. You can also access the CUPS from the browser https://localhost:631 for more insight, ("cups-browsed.service" needs to be active), and check the logs from the browser http://localhost:631/admin/log/error_log?

For more information about the CUPS print queue, kindly, check the following link:


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  • Document ID:000020645
  • Creation Date: 27-Apr-2022
  • Modified Date:18-May-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications

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