Re: Inconsistency with Debian 5 and adding printers
On Thursday 17 September 2009 06:31:36 Bret Busby wrote:
> I have a Samsung CLP300 colour laser printer.
> When I connected it to my laptop, in each of both Ubuntu 8.04 and
> Debian 5, which was installed as a clean install, the printer was
> automatically installed and set up (I didn't have to do anything - it
> just appeared as an installed printer, ready to use).
> When I connected the printer to this desktop computer, the same
> happened with the Ubuntu 8.04 installation.
> When the printer was connected to this desktop and the desktop was
> running Debian 4, the printer (apparently) could not be installed.
> So (and, for other reasons), I yesterday upgraded the Debian
> installation on this computer, to Debian 5, following the Release
> Notes instructions. The only problem of which I was aware, in the
> upgrade, that was encountered, was the loss of the graphics adaptor
> driver, and thence XWindows, which was subsequently, easily (after I
> was advised of the solution), ovbercome.
> But, I cannot install the printer driver on this Debian 5
> The printer was not automatically installed and set up, ready to go,
> as it was with the clean installation of Debian 5 on the laptop.
> In trying to manually install the printer, using the foomatic-gui
> application, that application detects the printer, and, goes through
> the (apparent) process of installing the printer, but, at the end of
> that process, when it should have successfully completed, the printer
> is not added as an installed printer. I have tried adding the
> printer, via the foomatic-gui application, using both the splix and
> the foo2qpdl driver options, and, until the final screen appears,
> that lists the installed printers, shows that the printer is not
> installed, it all seems to be going okay.
> I have also tried to add the printer to the installed printers, using
> the System -> Administration -> Printing -> Add Printer facility,
> but, whilst that detects the printer, the printer driver is not
> listed as an available printer driver, to select.
> Why is it, that a clean install of Debian 5, automatically installs
> and sets up the printer, ready for use, like Ubuntu 8.04, but, a
> Debian 5 installation that is done as an upgrade from Debian 4,
> still disallows the printer from being installed.
> Can this be overcome?
> At present, I have to revert to doing what I was doing before
> upgrading the Debian installtion on the desktop, to Debian 5; if I
> want to print, using the CLP-300, I have to reboot into Ubuntu 8.04,
> as the Debian installation again does not allow the use of the
> It is frustrationg, that a Debian 5 installation, that is done by
> upgrading from Debian 4, is so different to a Debian 5 installation
> that is done as a clean install, meaning that a Debian 5
> installation that is done as an upgrade from Debian 4, is more of a
> combination of Debian 4 and 5 (like a system that is a combination
> of stable, testing and unstable), than a Debian 5 system, and is
> thus, not truly Debian 5.
> I had intended to add other new printers, including a Samsung
> multi-funtion thingy, to my desktop computer, but it appears that a
> Debian 5 installation that is an upgrade from Debian 4, does not work
> for adding printers, anywhere as well as a Debian 5 installation that
> is done as a clean install, so making it apparently, too much
Responsible for printing is CUPS. Please check if you have it installed
and all packages containing CUPS, that your other machine has installed.
You can get that list with `aptitude "~icups"`.