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RE: Remote printing from a Solaris box to a remote Debian-CUPS server

First off before you go too far down the manual configuration route. I just
checked on my print server and if you do a 

dpkg-reconfigure cupsys-bsd

It asks you if you want to setup the BSD lpd compatibility server.

Maybe just take the entry out of inetd.conf and see if that fixes it for
you. If not I've answered a few of your questions below. It might also be
worth your while firing a message off to the Debian CUPS Maintainers at


> -----Original Message-----
> From: kap@tfh-berlin.de [mailto:kap@tfh-berlin.de] On Behalf 
> thank you for your info. I have not had the time to 
> immediately apply your advice, but now I am eagerly trying 
> again to set up  my  printing network. According to your 
> advice I read the man-pages and inserted the named line into 
> the "/etc/inetd.conf"-file. I restarted the "inetd"-daemon 
> and the "cupsd"-daemon as well, but printing from my  
> SolarisBox to the remote "Debian-system" is still impossible. 
> When launching a print job from the SolarisBox,  an error 
> message appears in its console window telling me:
>         Message from kap on SolarisBox (???) [ Tue Aug 16 
> 13:31:28 ] ...
>         Error transfering print job 0
>                  check queue for (rljet4p@Debian-system)
> <EOT>
> Meanwhile I learned from the docs that the inetd-daemon is 
> listening on port 515 for incoming print jobs; in which case 
> the cups-lpd daemon is started to handle the job. What I 
> don't know is:  How  can I tell whether the TCP-connection 
> from the SolarisBox to the Debian-system is OK? Is there a 
> means to test this connection? A sort of "ping" perhaps?

You can do

telnet localhost 515

Or probably more importantly do it from SolarisBox replacing localhost with
the hostname of your debian system.

If that works you will see "Connected to localhost", "Escape character is
'^]'.". That says that you can get basic connectivity to lpd. Use ctrl-]
then 'q' to get out of telnet.

If it does not work then you have something wrong in the plumbing of
cups-lpd into inetd. 
I've just had a look on my print server and I have the following in
/etc/inetd.conf. I must admit to having not tried using lpd recently but
have no reason to think that it wouldn't work.

printer stream tcp nowait lp /usr/lib/cups/daemon/cups-lpd cups-lpd

If you are getting a connection then it is probably worth looking in the
cups logs at /var/log/cups/ they may give you an idea as to what is going

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