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Author: Frank Tuzi. The committee hoped to capture usage data and also begin charging students for the printing services. As with any application, it is wise to have a well-thought-out plan for implementation. If you plan on incorporating PyKota into your system, I recommend you plan your implementation and do a pilot installation before the live installation.
The installation process is by far the most difficult part of using PyKota. Installing the 17 dependencies did not go well on our Fedora Core 5 system. PyKota provide all the dependencies in an ISO file, but since all distributions tweak file and package names and locations, some of packages that PyKota provided would not install. It took me several hours to track down and install the Fedora versions of these packages.
After installing the dependencies, PyKota installed without incident. The final step was to initialize the system and populate it with users and printers, which is completed with a few command-line instructions. Before using PyKota, you need to specify a number of options.
For example, PyKota can be set to force users to prepay for a given number of printed pages at the beginning of the semester. When their quota gets close to zero pages, PyKota can warn the users.
PyKota can charge per page and per job for each printer. PyKota can also set limitations based on users and groups, and can charge some users more or charge nothing at all.
PyKota can also limit who has access to specific printers it manages. We chose to bill students at the end of the school year, so we set up PyKota to keep an accounting of the pages each student printed, and send a usage report to the business office for billing purposes. Faculty and staff were not charged for printing, but we used PyKota to track the number of pages each non-paying person printed for later analysis. PyKota does not operate via a GUI; all commands are entered via the command line.
By using about seven different commands, PyKota administrators can manage printers and users, monitor the system, export data to the business office, and even print invoices. For example, to generate an on-screen usage report for all users, I enter repykota.
By using command-line arguments, I can limit the report by printer, user, and group. I can manage printers with pkprinters and users with pkusers. PyKota is extremely powerful, and has a large number of options for each command. Each command has a man page and a help screen to assist users in using the commands, though I found them to be cryptic at times.
Still, management of the system is a relatively easy process. There was a small learning curve for the command-line options, but after spending time deciphering the documentation and trying the commands, I now have no problems with the system. In addition to the standard commands to monitor and manage printers and users, PyKota allows users to monitor their own print usage.
Users can see reports of their printing activities while in the lab or from the Internet. They can also determine the cost of a print job before they print it. These simple commands are also available via the command prompt. All systems have flaws, and PyKota is no exception. For example, at one point last spring, the print server stopped authorizing users to print.
I submitted a request for information on the PyKota mailing list. They pointed me in the right direction, and I fixed the problem, but I learned that PyKota must work in tandem with a variety of other applications to work successfully. We have encountered few problems with PyKota; it works well and we are happy with its capabilities.
But PyKota requires having people on staff with knowledge of the back end and the print server. We chose PostgreSQL as our back end even though no one here had used it before. PyKota, with its ability to manage printers and users, has filled a gap for us. The college now has a way to monitor its printer and paper usage, equitably bill students for paper, and manage printers throughout the campus.
We would recommend PyKota to anyone interested in monitoring or charging for printer usage. About Us. Sign in. Log into your account. Forgot your password? Password recovery.
Recover your password. Get help. Home News Tracking and charging for printing with PyKota. At our school, we have found it to be a powerful application capable of managing printers, users, groups, and accounting information using any currency. If you plan on incorporating PyKota into your system, I recommend you plan your implementation and do a pilot installation before the live installation The installation process is by far the most difficult part of using PyKota.
With PyKota, you need to install three main components: The back end. The dependencies. PyKota depends on 17 other packages. Setting up and using the system Before using PyKota, you need to specify a number of options. Conclusion PyKota, with its ability to manage printers and users, has filled a gap for us. All rights reserved. The Linux Foundation has registered trademarks and uses trademarks. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.
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Frank Tuzi shows how to install PyKota in a Linux. At our school, we have found it to be a powerful application capable of managing printers, users, groups, and accounting information using any currency. Tracking and charging for printing with PyKota Linux. You're then free to redistribute what you download under the GPL. Because it is licensed with the GPL.
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