Bug#399911: cupsys: Prefer a debconf question to enable remote administration
I'm installing CUPS on a print server for a LAN. I want to be able to
administer the CUPS setup and submit print jobs from anywhere on the
LAN. Initially, CUPS is configured to allow access only from localhost.
There are two ways to enable remote administration: you can do it via
the web interface, or by editting cupsd.conf manually. In my case the
server on which CUPS is running is a Linksys NSLU2, which is not able to
run a conventional web browser. It is not unusual for print servers to
be stripped-down machines without X installed. I was eventually able to
access the web interface by installing lynx, but this was a rather
painful process. Not quite as painful as manual editting would have
I therefore suggest that debconf would be the better way of selecting
whether CUPS is accessible from other machines.
I'd also suggest that the options are extended from two to three:
- localhost only
- any address
- LAN IP range, e.g. 192.168.* (new)
An alternative would be to put a suitable cupsd.conf file in the
documentation examples directory.
I'm submitting this bug because, in most respects, CUPS is a
user-friendly application. This is an exception.