pesky and persistent "driverless" Brother MFC-9340CDW
A few weeks ago a CUPS upgrade to our Debian testing systems started
showing a new driver for our Brother MFC-9340CDW in print dialogs and in
the CUPS printer list and in the system-config-printer utility.
You'd think that was good news, but we've been unable to find any way to
make the queue for this "driverless" instance of the printer function
The only way we can print with this printer is to do what we were doing
before the new "driverless" instance of the printer showed up. We add a
printer to the system via system-config-printer or the CUPS Web browser
dialog and deliberately select the Brother MFC-9320CW Foomatic or
Brother Script-3 driver. (That's not a typo. I'm deliberately choosing a
different model.) Both of those PPDs work. I have to provide a
deliberately altered name for this instance so users can tell it from
the one that doesn't work.
The particularly annoying thing about this situation is that I cannot
delete the "driverless" instance of the printer from CUPS /
system-config-printer. The instant it is deleted, it is automatically
re-detected and added back to the printer list. But anyone who chooses
to print to it is going to get a distorted or garbled printout.
I was able to set a policy in the instance so that only root can print
to it, so a regular user isn't going to waste time and paper. Still, it
would be nicer if I could turn off the advertisement that the printer
and the operating system is providing for the "driverless" instance.
I've found nothing in the printer's menu system or in its Web interface
that would seem to pertain.