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PostPosted: Tue 03 Mar 2015, 19:17    Post subject:  Fatdog64-700Final
Subject description: Print Failure

Hi All,

I have been using fd64-631-Final since it’s release, as my daily workhorse, with much satisfaction. So first, many thanks to Kirk and Jamesbond and to all who contributed to it, for this fine O.S. I installed my new, Epson XP-211, Printer/Scanner, using the .pet drivers from: /fatdog/pets/contrib/600, and the Cups Wizard, version 1.5.3, with no problems. Printing and scanning are working well.

Meanwhile, I have been testing fd64-700b2 and now, since it’s release, fd64-700Final. I am very impressed with this ultimate version and want to upgrade to it. But to do so, I must have my Printer installed and functional, as I use it several times a day and cannot live without it! I have installed it effectively, using a USB cable and the same .pet drivers, with the right click procedure and Cups v.1.7.3, which instantly finds the Printer and presents the Driver at the top of a short list and permits installation. It ends up declaring: “Printer idle - waiting for jobs”. When I click on: “Print Test Page”, Cups issues the command to print, but it never reaches the Printer and in a couple of seconds Cups announces: “Job stopped - Filter failed”. Trying to print a file from my P.C. produces the same result. But, Scanning works perfectly with either Xsane, Iscan, (Epson Image Scanner in Graphics Menu), and Peasyscan! Which suggests that the .pet Drivers are compatible.

I learnt from BK’s News Blog of Jan. 9, 2015, where he explains recent Cups changes, that from v.1.6 the Filter software has been removed from the main package and has to be installed separately, along with a couple of dependences: “qpdf” and “ijs”. So, using “pfind”, I searched in fd64-700Final for “cups-filters and the two dependencies. The search produced ample evidence of their presence in the system. So it seems like “cups-filters” is not talking to the Printer Driver, or perhaps to Cups.

My knowledge of computer entrails is superficial and fragmented, so I cannot take this diagnosis further. So I appeal to one of the “cognoscenti” to come forward to give me some help and guidance with this issue. Thanks.
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