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Re: Printer Driver Brother on new Lenny installation

Hello Florian,

On 9/22/07, Florian Kulzer <florian.kulzer+debian@icfo.es> wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 21, 2007 at 19:26:13 +1000, Robert Parker wrote:
> > I need a driver for a Brother Laser printer model HL-2040. The system
> > is an AMD 64 bit box and the debs provided by Brother are for i386 and
> > will not install on this 64 bit system. They have released the source
> > code for the driver under the GPL and I have downloaded it. For this
> > printer there is a shell script and also a C program to generate a
> > CUPS wrapper.
> >
> > When I run the shell script it exits with the folowing error:
> >
> > -- Message from syslogd@localhost at Fri Sep 21 19:15:58 2007 ...
> > localhost cupsd: Unable to read configuration file
> > '/etc/cups/cupsd.conf' - exiting!
> Does the cupsd.conf file exist, is it readable? Do you have cupsys
> installed at all?

What I have is whatever came on CD1 using the Gnome. The printer
configuration tool uses cupsys by default. Unfortunately Brother is
not in its list of supported printers at all.

I'm a little vague because the installation is at a friends place 2
hours away by train.

> > Please advise what I must do to compile and install this stuff.
> >
> > I have had this printer working on a Kubuntu 7.04 system using the
> > driver for the HL-2060 (iirc) which was available on the installation
> > cd. I have abandoned the Kubuntu system in favour of Debian Lenny for
> > other reasons. So advice on getting and installing the Kubuntu driver
> > would help also.
> Debian has several PPD files for the HL-2060 included in the
> "foomatic-filters-ppds" package:
> $ dpkg -L foomatic-filters-ppds | grep Brother-HL-2060 | sed 's/.*\///'
> Brother-HL-2060-Postscript.ppd.gz
> Brother-HL-2060-hl1250.ppd.gz
> Brother-HL-2060-lj4dith.ppd.gz
> Brother-HL-2060-lj5gray.ppd.gz
> Brother-HL-2060-ljet4.ppd.gz
> Brother-HL-2060-pxlmono.ppd.gz
> If you install thias package you should be able to select these drivers
> when you add your printer using the CUPS web frontend (or the KDE
> printer administration tool).

Great, the foomatic version was what I did have working in Kubuntu.

> If none of these drivers works then you can look for the corresponding
> files on the Kubuntu CD and try those (in case Kubuntu uses modified
> versions). The "add printer" dialog allows you to specify PPD files
> directly; it might be necessary to unzip the files with gunzip first.
> Furthermore, a HL-2040 adapted PPD is available here:
> http://www.profv.de/brother/

I think I will try that first.

Thanks for your help. I will try your suggestions later this week.


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