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Disable Cups

CUPS (formerly an acronym for Common Unix Printing System, but now with no official expansion) is a modular printing system for Unix-like computer operating systems which allows a computer to act as a print server.

To disable, just add the line manual to a corresponding override file.

echo "manual" > /etc/init/cups.override

Removing Cups

If you really want to remove cups, simply run:

sudo apt-get remove cups