Re: HP printer saga
Donald Spoon wrote:
J. Zidar wrote:
The package hpijs is already installed.
Cups packages installed: cupsys(1.1.14-5), cupsys-bsd(1.1.14-5),
cupsys-client(1.1.14-5), cupsys-pstoraster(1.1.14-5), qtcups(2.0-4),
hpijs (1.3.1-1.1), a2ps(4.13b-16), apsfilter(7.2.2-3), gcc(3.3),
The ppd file mentioned "foomatic-rip". When I searched the packages
with apt I've found foomatic-bin, but it won't install because of some
unmet dependencies (in such cases I usually install packages from
I'm using stable with some packages from unstable.
C YA and thank you so far,
Mixing "stable" with "unstable" leads to a dependency nightmare, in my
experience. This is especially true during major upgrades to gcc and
glibc like what is going on right now. I would suggest sticking with
one or the other, and not mixing them. I have frequent
dependency-related problems here mixing "testing" and "unstable".
I have a few suggestions based on the above info:
1. The "apsfilter" package is unnecessary with CUPS. I doubt it is a
direct cause of your problem, but it might be causing some dependency
problems. I suggest you purge it.
2. There are two different "foomatic-bin" packages. The one in
"testing"/"ustable" is actually a dummy package that installs a set of
other packages....significantly the "foomatic-filters" package, which
contains the "foomatic-rip" program! This program doesn't exist in the
"stable" version of foomtic-bin or in any other package. Thus, your ppd
driver seems to be requiring that you install the "unstable" or
"testing" version of foomatic-bin! I would suggest you do this and
resolve any depencency problems ablong the way. I know I have to have
the foomatic-bin package installed here for my printer to work with the
ppd from linuxprinting.org.
3. Alternatively, I have had luck with the generic "hp-900 series"
driver from the "cupsys-driver-gimpprint" package on my HP 960C printer.
I note that this package has a driver for the "hp-600 series" printers,
which might work ok for you.
Appologies for replying to my own post, but I also just noticed you are
running the CUPS packages from "stable"... like you implied. I am
running the packages from "testing" here, and everything is working OK
for me. Something on your system is wanting to use the "foomatic-rip"
program, which ony seems to exist in the "testing" / "unstable" versions
of foomatic-bin. This just re-emphasizes my suggestion that you select
a given dist version and stick with it.