hplip printing fix

Zbigniew Luszpinski zbiggy at o2.pl
Tue Nov 13 03:11:38 CET 2007

Monday 12 of November 2007 22:38:33 Kok, Auke wrote:
> Zbigniew Luszpinski wrote:
> > Hello,
> >
> > if you have recently problems with printing in Linux using hplip driver:
> > -printer disappears from hp-toolbox
> > -hp-setup says:
> > "PPD not file found."
> > and
> > "Printer queue setup failed."
> >
> > then you can fix this by downgrading cups to 1.3.3 version:
> > lin -w 1.3.3 cups
> >
> > and restart cupsd service after lining to make changes active:
> > service cupsd restart
> >
> > P.S. This fix might be helpful also for hpijs users but it was not
> > confirmed/tested.
> any idea what caused this to break?

I have some. But hplip devs have to look because I'm neither a cups scheduler 
guru nor python expert so can only sniff around. :-)

hplip seems to be not fully prepared for cups 1.3.4 - I filled bug report for 
this issue on hplip https://bugs.launchpad.net/hplip/+bug/162196 and keep 
updating it with new findings.

there are only 3 apps causing troubles:
hp-toolbox (lies there is no HP printer installed, no access to printer tools, 
no comfortable installation)
hp-testpage (when executed, test page lands in printer queue with error - have 
to clean queue by hand)
hp-setup ("PPD not file found." (this is not typing mistake :|), "Printer 
queue setup failed.")

hp-toolbox is not necessary to install HP printer, there are tools for this 
job in KDE for example (I can provide instructions if someone is lost with 
e.g. USB hp printer). The same is with basic configuration. For most 
operations hp-* console tools can be used (except these 3 apps which should 
be avoided now)

Just avoid hp-testpage app to not block printer queue with dead job; 
hp-toolbox and hp-setup to not mess printer driver/config.

Printing from KDE or OO works. This post is only for people who use hp-toolbox 
and are now surprised by crazy behaviour of app.


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