My printer has suddenly stopped working and I'm not having any luck
determining the cause...
I recently upgraded lprng from 3.6.2-2 to 3.6.12-6 and just made my first
attempt to print after the upgrade. It fails silently and lpq just shows a
message of the form
Printer: lp@genma 'Epson Stylus Color 400'
Queue: no printable jobs in queue
Status: removing job 'root@genma+312' - ABORT at 12:05:41.092
Thinking it might be an incompatibility between the two versions of lprng, I
reinstalled the old deb. Didn't work, but at least the older version
provided a little information instead of failing silently:
sending job 'root@genma+233' to lp@localhost
connecting to 'localhost', attempt 1
connected to 'localhost'
requesting printer lp@localhost
error 'LINK_TRANSFER_FAIL' sending str '^Blp' to lp@localhost
job 'root@genma+233' transfer to lp@localhost failed
/var/log/syslog shows only that localhost is trying to connect to the
printer. /var/log/lpr.log is completely empty.
I've also double-checked that the parallel cable is secure and power-cycled
Does this look more like a hardware or a software/configuration problem? Any
suggestions on how to fix it?
(And no, I don't normally use root unless I'm troubleshooting.)
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