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PostPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2015 9:39 pm    Post subject: Epson l555 printer Reply with quote

I'm trying to install the epson esc/p driver for my printer. First I downloaded the .src.rpm file which contained 2 archives and a .spec file, I tried executing the commands in the .spec file but when I got to ./configure it failed with this error: configure: error: *** '--prefix=/PATH' missing, please specify a prefix PATH ***
Next I tried the .rpm file, but this only contained a opt folder, I figured I had to copy it's contents to /opt, but CUPS still didn't see the driver. Where did I go wrong?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's been a week and still no reply, I would appreciate it if someone would share what to do with the opt folder in the rpm file. The epson manual is u helpful, it only provides installation instructions for deb and rpm package management. Let me describe the problem a bit better, after extracting the rpm file a opt folder appears, but how do I add the printer using kde systemsettings --> printers --> add a printer --> name of printer --> select driver from list. The problem is that the driver is not in that list, now I could manually provided the ppd file, but for educational purposes I would like to know how to add it to the 'select driver from list' list.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Andrew,
I had the same problem with an Epson XP750.
I finally ended up paying € 30 for a good driver:
http://www.turboprint.info/
Alas your printer is not (yet?) supported by them.
Forget about the kde printerconfiguration program.

I got the deb system running and printing but not very well.
There should be a "ppd" file with a line containing this line:
*cupsFilter: "application/vnd.cups-raster 0 /opt/epson-inkjet-printer******"
This means that your prefix for ./configure should be "--prefix=/opt".
If it is /usr then the prefix should be /usr and not /opt.

Once you manage to compile it you will have to open cups.
Needless to say cupsd should be running and the printer turned on.
Open your favorite inet browser and type "localhost:631" in the address space.
Start with Administration > Find new printers.
This might not turn up anything or it is found and you see a button "Add this printer".
Further down the configuration you can enter the path to the "ppd" file rather then choosing a printer from the list.

If you have Windows available install the Windows driver and other software.
This way you can upgrade the firmware of the printer.Not possible in Linux.

Good luck,
Gerard.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gerard82 wrote:
Hi Andrew,
I got the deb system running and printing but not very well.
There should be a "ppd" file with a line containing this line:
*cupsFilter: "application/vnd.cups-raster 0 /opt/epson-inkjet-printer******"
This means that your prefix for ./configure should be "--prefix=/opt".
If it is /usr then the prefix should be /usr and not /opt.


Thanks, what confused me is that the ./configure error, said a prefix was missing, but a prefix is in front of something, so it's actually an affix.

gerard82 wrote:
Once you manage to compile it you will have to open cups.
Needless to say cupsd should be running and the printer turned on.
Open your favorite inet browser and type "localhost:631" in the address space.
Start with Administration > Find new printers.
This might not turn up anything or it is found and you see a button "Add this printer".
Further down the configuration you can enter the path to the "ppd" file rather then choosing a printer from the list.

I know how to do that, but I would like to know where the files are stored that are in the list, so I can add the ppd files to the list. I could add the ppd file path, but for educational purposes I would like to add them to the list. I thought that the files in the list, are stored somewhere, because when I install the esc/p-r ebuild the drivers are added to the list, but I need the esc/p since there is no ebuild for that I would like to add it manually.
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