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Re: Printing in KDE - How best to - Konq, inkjet

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[I am writing this email in the mode of you also not being extremely familiar 
with how debian does things.  There's no shame there, it's big and there's a 
lot to learn.  If you already know some of this, I apologize.]

On Friday 18 January 2002 03:04 am, tluxt wrote:
> What's the best way currently to set KDE up for printing?
> Have you done this recently?

Yes.  I own a Epson 777U, that I just recently got working.

> Specifically: Recent Woody install.
> This will be primarily for printing web pages from Konq.
> using a recent parallel port Epson Inkjet printer
> which is supposed to be well supported for Linux:
> http://www.linuxprinting.org/suggested.html

I'm running sid, so *shrug* my experiences may or may not apply.

> http://www.debian.org/releases/testing/i386/install
> Has section:
> 9: Next Steps and Where to Go From Here
> Which doesn't have any suggestions about printing.

Maybe file a wishlist bug report?

> I glanced at that, and
> Printing Software  by Grant Taylor, in Category Reviews - Saturday,
> September 15th 2001 00:00 EST   at:
> http://freshmeat.net/articles/view/296/
> (Aside: Among other things, this says:
> "The gimp-print project has produced a driver suite that drives most
> Epson Stylus and many other brands of color inkjet printers."
> So, do I need to install GNOME stuff to get that?)

If you do a search for gimp-print (apt-cache search gimp-print), you'll see a 
package called "cupsys-driver-gimpprint".  If you apt-cache show it, you see 
it depends on libgimpprint1 (among other cups-related stuff), which in turn 
depends soley on libc and zlib, both of which you should already have.  So 
no, there are no big gnome or gtk dependencies.

> I searched the Debian KDE archive for last quarter and found
> articles like: Printing with CUPS 1.1.10 on KDE 2.1.2
> http://lists.debian.org/debian-kde/2001/debian-kde-200110/msg00044.html
> So, that's on a specific package (CUPS).  But, I didn't find anything
> about _how_ to determine _which_ printing sw to use.

I highly recommend cups.  It just rocks, both for ease of setup and 
interoperability (I have my cups server printing for another linux box, a mac 
ibook, and a windows machine, all "transparently").

> So, specifically:
> 1) What packages should I apt-get,
> 2) How to install which drivers,
> 3) etc.

cupsys and cupsys-client should get you started.  I actually don't use the 
gimp-print driver, but you can play around with it later if the quality isn't 
up to snuff with the default.  Once you install them, edit  
/etc/cups/cupsd.conf.  It is *very* well documented, but I can send you my 
file off-list if you need more help.  You don't mention if you have a single 
workstation setup, or a server that will serve other computers, but either 
way is a breeze.  cups is configured via the web, so once you edit the 
config, and restart cups (/etc/init.d/cupsys restart), point any webbrowser 
at http://server:631, and log on using the username and password that you set 
up.  Then (and now I'm going off memory) you click on something like "manage 
printers", then "add printer", which will walk you through adding a printer.  
Once you get done filling out the stuff it asks (printer type, port number) 
you're done.  Try printing the test page, and if that works, just use lp or 
qtcups (a seperate install) to happily print away.  Oh, and if you are 
running kde 2.2.2, apt-get install kdelibs3-cups, goto the control center, 
find printing, and add your printer in there, and "walah", all kde apps can 
print to it.

Hope that helps, and if you require more assistance, please feel free to ask 
on the mailing list (so that it's archived for the next person as willing as 
you were to actually do some research before asking questions.  Believe me, 
that's much appreciated!).

> [I'm new to doing printer setup on Linux.
> All help/suggestions appreciated.  Thanks!  :)  ]

No problem....

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