Joined: 20 May 2003
|Posted: Fri Oct 24, 2003 7:14 pm Post subject: Setting up a Printer Using CUPS
|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.
Our first step is to install the CUPS suite of programs.
|# 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.
|# emerge ghostscript |
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.
|# 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/.
Now we need to restart CUPS.
|# /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.