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Re: CUPS Problem: "Unable to start filter "pdftoraster" - Success."

On Sat, Jun 27, 2009 at 08:03:18PM +0100, AG wrote:
> Florian Kulzer wrote:
>> On Sat, Jun 27, 2009 at 18:04:47 +0100, AG wrote:
>>> Hi list
>>> Can someone point me in the right direction of a fix/workaround for
>>> this apparent bug please.
>>> Nothing prints at present and the webadmin page displays: "Unable to
>>> start filter "pdftoraster" - Success."
>>> The only result using Google I can find is:
>>> http://article.gmane.org/gmane.linux.debian.devel.bugs.general/584860
>>> which doesn't bode well as I too am running an AMD64 using Squeeze.
>>> Restarting the printer and attempting a test page fails quietly.
>> The relevant file, /usr/lib/cups/filter/pdftoraster, is part of
>> ghostscript-cups. Is this package installed on your system?
> Florian
> Apparently not:
> $ whereis pdftoraster
> pdftoraster:
> And nothing with a manual ls, either.
> There is no installation candidate for pdftoraster AFAICT from apt-cache  
> search

the file pdftoraster is contained in the ghostscript-cups package. You
should install that package, though from my reading of the bug, that
won't necessarily completely solve the problem. 

> Isn't that the bug though - a call for a file that doesn't exist or am I  
> misreading that bug description?

yes and no. from the official bug report:

the file pdftoraster has moved to the ghostscript-cups package, but
cups doesn't pull in that package. There are probably further problems
with printing, but at a minimum, you need that package.


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