I don't use any printers now, but I have in the past. Systems Preferences / Printers & Scanners shows "No printers are available". However, /Library/Printers still contains over 200Mb of stuff.

How can I clean the contents of /Library/Printers and any other folders that contain printer stuff?

I suppose /Library/Printers protected by SIP and so sudo rm will not work, nor is recommended.

I'm running El Captain 10.11.6 (15G21013).

  • Did you try to rm the content of /Library/Printers?
    – nohillside
    Oct 11, 2018 at 12:46
  • @nohillside, I did not, lest something breaks...
    – lhf
    Oct 11, 2018 at 12:47

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Apple says it is safe to remove the content of /Library/Printers: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203343#remove.

I did that after resetting the printing system, just to be sure.

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