Help! CUPS in Kubuntu is driving me crazy

Alastair Preston aprestn5 at telus.net
Thu Aug 24 06:29:05 BST 2006


On Wednesday 23 August 2006 16:23, D. R. Evans wrote:
> Here's the setup:
>
> Brother HL-1040 printer physically connected to a Mdv 2006 system running
> CUPS.
>
> The printer is visible and works fine from:
>
> 1. The system to which it is attached
> 2. Windows systems on the network
> 3. An old Mandrake 9.2 system
> 4. A new 64-bit Mdv 2006 system (actually, the same system on which
> I;m running Kubuntu, but booted into a different OS)
>
> I have just spent three hours trying to get Kubuntu to do something
> sensible, and am totally failing :-(
>
> I'm still trying to get my head around the fact that Kubuntu won't let
> me log in as root and get administrative tasks done easily, 

That last bit is easily fixable:  do "sudo passwd root" and supply a root 
password. After that you can use su as in other distros.

I'm running Kubuntu 6.0.6 (not 6.0.6.1) and had no trouble configuring two 
printers (Epson Stylus 860 and ALPS MD1000). Configuring a Canon iP4000 was 
more problematic, but that was a drver issue (the Gutenprint driver doesn't 
work right, and Canon's has very limited functionality). I did get the error 
messages about insufficient permissions, but discovered the drivers were 
installed anyway.

Al Preston



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