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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 7:14 pm    Post subject: Setting up a Printer Using CUPS Reply with quote

This document will explain how to easily set up a printer using CUPS.

Before you start:
If you have a USB Printer, make sure your kernel has USB Printing support either compiled in or as a module.

Step 1:
Our first step is to install the CUPS suite of programs.
Code:
# emerge cups
#rc-update add cupsd default


After merging CUPS, you need to merge ghostscript if you do not have a post script printer (you probably don't have one). You need to merge it after the installation of CUPS even IF it is already merged.
Code:
# emerge ghostscript


Step 2:
Now we need to download the driver for our printer. If it is a postscript printer, use the vendor supplied PPD file, and install it in /usr/share/cups/model/. Skip the rest of this step.

If you do not have a Phostscript printer, proceed to http://linuxprinting.org/printer_list.cgi and look up your printer.

I recommend using gimp-print-ijs drivers. If your specific printer has drivers for those, download the PPD file. You will need to merge gimp-print though.
Code:
# emerge gimp-print


If your printer has just a generic-non gimp-print driver, for the most part, you should be able to just copy it into /usr/share/cups/model/.

Step 3:

Now we need to restart CUPS.
Code:
# /etc/init.d/cupsd restart


After you restart CUPS, point your web browser to http://localhost:631/

At the top, click Administration
Then click Add Printer

You should be able to find from there what to do.
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