Print server for dual environment

Kevin B. O'Brien nadreck at
Thu Jul 16 01:53:24 UTC 2009

Bruce Marshall wrote:
> On Tuesday 14 July 2009, Kevin B. O'Brien wrote:
>> I tried setting it up as a socket on port 9100, which one person
>> (Terrell Prude Jr.) suggested worked great for him. For me, not so much,
>> that is what gave me the "broken pipe" error. I then tried doing what
>> the manual suggested, using the URL "lpd://", and
>> the error I get now is "/usr/lib/cups/backend/lpd failed". Now, there is
>> some kind of executable file, looks like a binary, at this location, so
>> it is not a missing file kind of problem. I suspect I am probably
>> overlooking something that is probably obvious to more experienced
>> people like you, but I don't know what it is. So I am asking for some help.
> Ok,,,   you should set it up in CUPS, and as long as it truely will talk on 
> the network (and Windows isn't making it sick) then it should work fine.
> In your browser,   type in the link:     localhost:631
> That should get you a nice page for defining a CUPS printer.
> Click on  'Add Printer'
> For a name, use   lp       (a pretty standard name)
> Location:    <wherever>
> Description:   <Trendwhatever  Modelnumber>
> Continue
> Device:   AppSocket/HP JetDirect
> Continue
> Device URL:    socket://   Use your IP addresses for the 
> printer
> Continue
> Now you have a problem, because I do not see your printer in the vendor list.  
> You may have to dig on this one... or get a PPD file off windows, but I've 
> never done that.
> Beyond this, you pick a model for the printer and then you are done.
> Sorry I couldn't take you all the way to the end
Well, that is where I was when this started. I had set it up in CUPS as 
socket://, and that is what gave me the error about a 
broken pipe. I guess I will try to find out how to get a PPD file off of 
Windows, then.

Thank you,

Kevin B. O'Brien         TANSTAAFL
nadreck at      Linux User #333216

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