The Caboteria / Tech Web / DebianPrinting (27 Nov 2014, TobyCabot)
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In order to administer printers your userid needs to be in the lpadmin group.

Debian Jessie

The web admin interface isn't enabled by default but you can enable it using the GNOME printer settings app.

The recommended driver isn't as good as HPLaserJet 4L - CUPS + Gutenprint v5.2.10.

Debian Squeeze

Slightly peculiar setup using an old LaserJet 4l laser printer with a USB parallel port adaptor.

Using hplip, hplip-cups. Cups won't see the printer until you install hplip, but then it shows up in the "add printer" list as "HP Printer".

Printer connection URL is usb://HP/LaserJet%204L.
Driver is HP LaserJet 4L - CUPS+Gutenprint v5.2.5 (grayscale).

Debian 3.0 a/k/a Woody

I'm using foomatic, lprng.

The Epson Stylus config file appears to be /usr/share/foomatic/db/source/printer/83520.xml

foomatic-configure -n queue1 -c file:/dev/lp0 -p 83520 -d gimp-print adds an entry in /etc/printcap.

Debian 2.2 a/k/a Potato

I'm running Debian 2.2 (a.k.a. Potato).

First get the right kernel modules set up - you need parport.o, parport_pc.o and lp.o. I had to add a line to /etc/modutils/arch/i386:

options parport_pc io=0x378 irq=7

and then run update-modules.

For some reason CUPS had a problem with PAM so I couldn't connect as root so I couldn't add any printers. I think it's because I have something configured to not allow root to login remotely. Not sure how to change that.

I tried lprng with apsfilter and they seem to work great. I think that you need to restart lpd after you're done running apsfilterconfig:

# /etc/init.d/lprng restart

I have an old Epson Stylus Photo which seems to work fine with the "uniprint" drivers.

-- TobyCabot - 25 Jan 2001

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