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How to make my printer available for gui applications?
  • Hi,
    After a long, but successfull, installation of my printer to parallel port, I am faced to the following:

    a) printing a text with something like:

    # lpr -P brother_hl720 toto.txt

    works like a charm. :)

    b) but when I'd like to print something from "epdfview", "firefox", "gnumeric" or from whatever GUI application, the only printer listed is: print to a file. My printer brother_hl720 is not in the list.

    Any idea on what I am missing to make my printer available to GUI application?
    Thank you.

  • slicelslicel February 2011
    I once had abiword automatically recognize my printer and later in a different installation not recognize it.  I did not investigate at the time but here are two ideas to try-

    Check that your printer is not only installed but is set as the system default printer in cups or anywhere else.

    Install hal-cups-utils in case that is what spreads the word.

    Other people might know better but they did not respond so those ideas might be worth trying.
  • slicelslicel March 2011
    You also could try loading cupsd at boot or try samba.
  • Trixar_zaTrixar_za March 2011
    You do know this is over a year old... Also your solution doesn't tell somebody how to to add cupsd or samba to boot.
  • DarjeelingDarjeeling March 2011

    > Also your solution doesn't tell somebody how to to add cupsd or samba to boot.

    ... you can add cupsd to the startup daemons in /etc/rcS.conf. The line should then look something like this: RUN_DAEMONS="dbus hald firewall cupsd slim"

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