[K12OSN] Ongoing printing problems k12ltsp V8

Karl Banasky karl at heatcon.com
Tue Jan 15 19:31:14 UTC 2008

What version of CUPS are you using? I had a similar issue with the CUPS backend failing to interprit something and it took the printer offline.  I used some script someone wrote to monitor it and when id went ofline it put it back online.  That was with CUPS 1.1.  I have not had the issue since I updated CUPS.  I would recommend installing the newest version if you haven't already.  it is really easy..
see this... http://www.cups.org/software.php#RPM 
          rpmbuild -ta cups-version-source.tar.gz
          rpmbuild -ta cups-version-source.tar.bz2

Also make sure this is up todate too or that you have it installed... http://hplip.sourceforge.net/index.html
Their drivers are sweet. :)
Hope that assists you in getting it to work properly.  
Oh yeah... occationaly cups disables my networked 3005 laser printer.  Don't know why but it is very rare.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Julius Szelagiewicz" <julius at turtle.com>
To: "Support list for open source software in schools." <k12osn at redhat.com>
Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 6:52:31 AM (GMT-0800) America/Los_Angeles
Subject: Re: [K12OSN] Ongoing printing problems k12ltsp V8

On Mon, 14 Jan 2008 bear2bar at netscape.net wrote:

> Hi Julius,
> Yes it is a n HP 2200DN, but the problem only started since the new
> install of K12LTSP V7, what has changed ???
> thks
> norbert
> Julius Szelagiewicz wrote:
> > On Sun, 13 Jan 2008 bear2bar at netscape.net wrote:
> >
> >
> >> Hi,
> >>
> >> Help with this is greatly appreciated.
> >>
> >> 1) OS K12ltsp V8 (fresh install not an upgrade)
> >> 2) Server P-IV 2.67 GHz
> >>    2 Gb mem
> >> 3) Printer HP Laserjet 2200 with an allocated static IP address
> >> 3) In LTS.conf printer is defined
> >>
> >> Problem: printer randomly goes off-line, be it after printing or being idle
> >>
> >> Action: created a sudo account for system admin, (not root) to issue a
> >> cups up cmd - no result as the cmd is ignored unless issued by "root"
> >>    created cron jobs for both root and admin to turn on the printer
> >> every 1 minuter, althought the cron jobs seem to run the printer still
> >> goes off-line.
> >>
> >> HELP !!!!!!!!
> >>
> >> thks in advance
> >> norbert
> >>
> > Norbert,
> >     may I assume it is hp 2200N, with internal network adapter? If
> > this is the case, the most probable cause is the adapter itself. The
> > jet-directs just didn't like 2200 printers (nor 2100). All my 2200N
> > printers were displaying the symptoms you describe. They started working
> > very nicely after I've put them on external jet directs - an expensive,
> > but successful work-around.
> >     Good luck, julius
	the change is in the cups. If you can downgrade to an older
version, the problem should go away. Cups has a difficulty with chatty
printers, and hp printers are downright garrulous. The jetdirects ex are
less talkative. you can see that if on the printer you enable logging to
your server syslog. Btw, I see no problems printing with 5EL.

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