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Re: cups in squeeze with ethernet postscript printer

On Tue, 29 Mar 2011 21:04:59 +0000, Russell L. Harris wrote:

> * Camaleón [110329 18:21]:
>> On Fri, 25 Mar 2011 00:54:28 +0000, Russell L. Harris wrote:
>> > I have made repeated attempts without success to use the web
>> > interface (localhost:631) to install a PostScript printer with HP
>> > JetDirect interface in the lan.  My computer is an i386 running
>> > Squeeze.
>> (...)
>> I've got all of my HP/OKI/Ricoh networked printers binded to the
>> "socket://" backend and working fine. And all manually set, of course,
>> without using any of that autodetection "black magic" ;-)
> Hi, Camaleón.  By accident, I discovered that CUPSYS now expects to be
> administered through the gnome desktop system -> administration ->
> printing menu -- or so it appears to me.  This works MUCH better than
> does the webadmin page "localhost:631".

True is that I'm more used to the web interface wizard mostly because on 
servers, with no GUI and no gnome it's also possible to use remote 
browser and setting up the printers :-)
> I was able to add two printers and switch from one to the other, but a
> number of choices which the webadmin page provided do not appear in the
> system -> administration -> printing menu.

AFAIK, the web interface is the upstream default, it has changed 
noticeably from lenny to squeeze but all options are still there, just 
they have been messed up a bit and "hidden" with jump menus :-P

> Moreover, I did not see how to make the "new and improved" CUPSYS
> understand that I have a Postscript printer.  It appears to me (I may be
> mistaken) that now Ghostscript is processing the output for the HP
> printer control language.

If you use the gnome applet for managing the printers, the driver in use 
is listed under "Configuration / Make and Model".
> Finally, the "Printer Test Page" still is crude, ugly, and uninformative
> -- typical of the stuff I used to see back when I was working in the
> Macintosh "built for morons and technophobes" environment.
> Someone needs to take a step or two back and branch CUPSYS from Lenny or
> even Etch.

It has changed a lot, yes, from this:


To this:


I din't use that cupsys in lenny at all, but that's because I'm just 
happy with the web interface, no complains on my part.



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