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cups1.4b2-i486 pet (2.46MB) reworked for lpt & usb printers
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Patriot


Joined: 15 Jan 2009
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PostPosted: Sun 08 Mar 2009, 02:10    Post_subject:  

Hmmm ...

jakobcornelis wrote:

.....
that cups_std-1.4b2-i486.pet got my printer going where nothing else would. Mind you, when I reboot it's gone again. I tried to add

modprobe parport
modprobe parport_pc
modprobe lp
chmod 0666 /dev/lp0

.....
Meanwhile, thanks for the reworked cups. That made my day.

jc


Hey there jakobcornelis,

I'm glad it works for you ... Wink

About the updated cups 1.4b2 pet, its the one on the first page of this thread. If you have already downloaded and installed it, then it already have the udev fix that I mentioned in the puppy 4.2rc1 thread. You do not have to add the modprobe lines any longer ...

Here's the udev-fix-4-cups pet package that is already included (made into a pet by ttuuxxx) if you're unsure:
http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?mode=attach&id=15762

Should you encounter any printing problems, please look at the error messages on the cups printer page. You should not be getting permission denied errors anymore. If you do, please let me know ...

If printing still seems to be stuck, you may have to do this:

1. open the console terminal
2. type :

chmod 0700 /usr/lib/cups/backend/parallel

The above will make the parallel backend module runs as root. This should make lpt printer detection/printing smoother. You can also install the same printer more than once by using different drivers. This can be done by giving it a different printer name the next time you add it through cups printer configuration. Using this method, it allows you to find which driver works or gives the result that you wanted.

As for your usb hp3915, I read somewhere that it 'mostly' works with hpijs driver ... your mileage may vary there ... and I've yet to have a printer to test it against ...

There's two cups packages that I've made here ... one is this cups 1.4beta2 and another that I called cups 'retro' 1.3.9 (which actually is the last stable version) ... I myself uses cups 1.3.9 as its more reliable than 1.4b2 for my case (1 usb + 1 lpt printer)...

If you're going to experiment with cups-1.3.9, you will find it somewhere on this sub-forum and it already has the udev patch included. Please only do your experimenting with a fresh and disposable puppy installation (something like a small 32mb save file) ...

I did planned to further solving cups + gutenprint + hplip + hpijs + etc + etc issues earlier ... but I have to defer that plan after realizing the number of man hours needed ... it took me nearly a month (back then) just to understand bits and pieces of cups inner working ...

Even though progress may be slow, I'll see to it that these pesky printing issues gets resolved (someday soon, I hope) ...

Rgds
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PostPosted: Sun 08 Mar 2009, 09:13    Post_subject:  

CUPS, the most recent, is beginning to break down - I have to frequently manually force the permissions in console, resume the printer, and restart jobs sent from another PC. It won't let me access the HP printer at all - to delete or edit it. I also had to reload CUPS a couple of days ago as it had ceased responding at all.

I have given up on CUPS under 4.12-Normal Frugal and am praying that the assertion that it has been fixed in Puppy 4.2 is correct - it has been a terrible nuisance for months.

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jakobcornelis


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PostPosted: Sun 08 Mar 2009, 18:27    Post_subject:  

jakobcornelis wrote:
My bottom line now is that I've got to get a printer working for my routine needs; I don't print much, but I have to print some. I think, though, I'll wait you guys out until somebody comes up with a viable solution. In the meanwhile I'll do my printing some other way.


Well, this may not be necessary after all.

After installing cups "retro" 3.9.1, the one doctored by patriot, and gutenprint (which is included with Puppy 4.1.2, but it's not the latest version) my Canon (parallel) printed three jobs, and after rebooting printed three more. So that is an improvement on previous performance (see my earlier post).

Now I am keeping my fingers crossed. Who knows what other gremlins are lurking? That CUPS is one weird concoction.

Thanks, patriot. You steered me in the right direction, for now, anyway.

Woof woof!

jc
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Patriot


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PostPosted: Mon 09 Mar 2009, 00:34    Post_subject:  

Hmmm ...

It's good to know that cups 1.3.9 finally gets your printing done as it has also did for me ... (I also believe several others did get their printing done with cups 1.3.9 ...)

My own experience using cups 1.3.9 and also the on-going cups 1.3.9 installations being monitored on several installed servers and PCs have led me to believe this stable version works much more reliably ... However, this is just some personal preliminary observations ...

Should you have any further issues with cups 1.3.9, please let me know in the other cups 1.3.9 thread ... I'll see if I can figure it out ...

Rgds
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stevesr0

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PostPosted: Mon 09 Mar 2009, 09:02    Post_subject: Will the 1.39 pet work with 4.0?  

I just read this thread and wonder whether the 1.39 pet is usable with Dingo (4.0) or can be made to work with "minor" adjustments?

I am using CUPS to print to a network printer via an old external hp jetdirect print server.
The current cups application seems to work ok, but does display some oddities especially when my wife's Mac is running at the same time (duplicate versions of the same computer appear, which I can't usually print to, reconfigure or delete).

The CUPS I have installed doesn't work with Geany (works fine with Abi-Word).

Thanks

Steve
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rcrsn51


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PostPosted: Mon 09 Mar 2009, 09:11    Post_subject:  

To print from Geany, you have to save the file first. Then Geany will issue a print command which sends the file to CUPS. Make sure that you have declared a default printer. I am still using the old CUPS in 4.1.2 and it works fine.
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jakobcornelis


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PostPosted: Mon 09 Mar 2009, 09:23    Post_subject:  

Patriot wrote:
. . . . . .
Should you have any further issues with cups 1.3.9, please let me know in the other cups 1.3.9 thread ... I'll see if I can figure it out ...

Rgds


OK, thanks

jc
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stevesr0

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PostPosted: Mon 09 Mar 2009, 09:37    Post_subject: Cups on 4.0 with Geany  

Thanks for reply.

Just tried a test message, after setting my network printer as the default in CUPS (using web interface).

Nothing printed.

Recently, the interface stopped showing jobs although allowing printing.

Steve
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Patriot


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PostPosted: Mon 09 Mar 2009, 16:27    Post_subject:  

Hmmm .....

@stevesr0
As far as I'm aware of, cups 1.3.9 'retro' should also work on Dingo without modifications as Dingo (and even pup3.01 if I'm not mistaken) uses the same kernel 2.6 base.

I suggest booting off the liveCD and making a small 32/64mb save file to try out cups 1.3.9 ... Remember to first create the savefile before installing the pet or it won't work right ... It's a bit of a hassle but necessary ...

Depending on the hp jetdirect model, it may already have built-in HTTP, IPP, LPD protocols ... You may want to experiment to find out which method works best for your case ...


Rgds
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