Re: why cups so rarely works "out of the box"
On (26/01/05 21:22), Richard Lyons wrote:
> Perhaps there is something basic that I have missed, but I do not
> understand why cups fails to work when first installed in most cases. I
> have done this several times on various boxes now, and well over half
> the times, cups sends raw postscript to the printer. Can anyone
> explain why the installation of bog-standard epson or hp printers
> should be so unreliable?
> Sometimes I have solved the problem with a few hours of work, googling
> and trial-and-error. Sometimes it takes months. Occasionally it just
> works. But I have never identified the item that trips it up. I
> thought once it was not having cups-bsd. Another time it might have
> been foomatic database (I forget the exact package name). I have tried
> -- and abandoned -- writing my own ppd files (though that should not be
> necessary for an epson c62 or c64, surely). Someone else said remove
> xprint, and once that seemed to work. Eventually it always starts
> working, usually after a reboot occasioned by something else. And I
> never really know what I did to get it working.
> So here I am, stuck again with a sid install on a slow old thinkpad 570
> and an epson c62 printing postscript by the ream. I do have cups-bsd.
> I have killed xprint and removed it from /etc/rc2.d/. Everything
> foomatic is installed. No errors showing in the error log (at a normal
> logging level). I tried upgrading to the latest cups etc to no avail.
> There must be a simple rational and reliable way of getting it to work
> in a predictable timescale, surely?
This is probably not what you want to hear but I've invariably found
cups pretty reliable and quick when setting up printers. Using the web
interface through lynx (or firefox when available) is quick and fairly
idiot proof (for idiots like me) and apart from the odd occasion where
I've had to reboot a server to clear some sort of communication glitch
between cups or windows clients and the server, its been one of the
easier tasks to accomplish.
I started with guidance from:
and still refer back to it when I forget which packages I need to
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