[K12OSN] Re: Printing stopped after installing new printer?

David Hopkins dahopkins429 at gmail.com
Thu Mar 8 15:07:52 UTC 2007

Ok, after more looking, the only thing I notice is that lpstat -a returns a
list of printers on the system that works and does not return anything on
the system that isn't working.  /etc/printcap is the same for both systems,
all the links for the lp commands are the same, just have no idea why
printing stopped.

On 3/8/07, David Hopkins <dahopkins429 at gmail.com> wrote:
> All,
> The Tech Coord installed a new printer yesterday.  Printing to it works if
> using the cups web interface.  But ... not a single application on the
> system can now print to anything.  e.g. Firefox and Staroffice both only
> show generic printer.  lpstat -a hangs and returns nothing.  On the other
> k12ltsp server, lpstat -a returns a list of all printers installed for the
> school, including the printers on the misbehaving system, so cups is
> working.
> So ... any ideas what has broken?  I would guess it is some
> authentication/privelege issue on a file/directory that lp wants to use, but
> which one?  When the tech coord installed the printer, he said that Toshiba
> instructed him to 'just launch the self-extracting archive' for the printer
> that was delivered.  I have no idea what this did since my normal way of
> installing a new printer is to just get the ppd file and use it.
> Additional info:  Printing to printers attached to this system work if
> printing from any other system, so the cups interface seems to be working
> properly.
> ????
> Sincerely,
> Dave Hopkins
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