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[vox-tech] When you can't add local printers in CUPS
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[vox-tech] When you can't add local printers in CUPS

I bought a Samsung ML-2510 laser printer the other day, and when
installing using CUPS, I discovered that CUPS wasn't letting me add
local printers of any kind. After a fashion I discovered that this is
because the available printing backends in CUPS are determined by
which files are present in /usr/lib/cups/backend. So one can add a
missing backend by copying the missing backend from
/usr/lib/cups/backend-available to /usr/lib/cups/backend.

In Debian, one can also fix this by running dpkg-reconfigure cups, and
selecting the appropriate backends there. The reason for this is
explained by debconf: there are some circumstances in which selecting
backends that you don't have the hardware for can hang your machine.


Chanoch (Ken) Bloom. PhD candidate. Linguistic Cognition Laboratory.
Department of Computer Science. Illinois Institute of Technology.

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