cups undocumented deprecation

Jude DaShiell jdashiel at
Thu Aug 6 01:11:28 UTC 2009

Apparently cups doesn't consider root part of lpadmin group.

On Wed, 5 Aug 2009, Roger Leigh wrote:

> On Wed, Aug 05, 2009 at 04:26:38AM -0400, Jude DaShiell wrote:
>> The command line tools in cups current debian version are deprecated and
>> that deprecation is undocumented.  I proved this a few minutes ago by
>> setting up my printer using the web interface and set printer options
>> after successfully adding the printer.  Before I did any of this
>> configuration though I erased /var/log/cups/error_log.  When I finished
>> selecting the printer and setting defaults for the printer using the web
>> interface though, I couldn't find /var/log/cups/error_log, it wasn't
>> there.
> You probably need to restart CUPS for this to be recreated.
>> When I had done this using the command line tools though I got
>> log entries with UNAUTHORIZED printed next to each of them.  All very
>> interesting, the command line tools can now probably be removed since
>> those apparently no longer work.
> All the command-line tools do work, but you may have permissions
> problems.  For administrative tasks, such as adding and modifying
> printers, the user needs to be a member of the lpadmin group.
> Normal users also need permission to print; by default all users
> should have permission, but if you get an unauthorised error, then
> they might be set too strictly.  cupsd.conf has a reasonable default
> configuration for these settings for a typical system.
> Regards,
> Roger
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