Jaunty: How to install a USB printer?

Gene Heskett gene.heskett at verizon.net
Fri May 15 16:02:06 UTC 2009

On Friday 15 May 2009, Ric Moore wrote:
>On Thu, 2009-05-14 at 08:38 +0000, marc wrote:
>> Ric Moore said:
>> > On Tue, 2009-05-12 at 14:37 +0300, Willy Hamra wrote:
>> >> 2009/5/9 Ric Moore <wayward4now at gmail.com>:
>> >> > On Fri, 2009-05-08 at 08:15 +0000, marc wrote:
>> >> >> Ric Moore said:
>> >> >> > But this may shed some light... When I worked at RedHat, I could
>> >> >> > never get my Ex's printer to work. Darn embarrassing to be on the
>> >> >> > Help Desk fixing everyone elses printers. We had one whizbang that
>> >> >> > fired up emacs, had ten terminals with code pouring down the
>> >> >> > screens like the matrix. Impressed me! Then he started narrowing
>> >> >> > down the problem to samba not being configured correctly. I'm
>> >> >> > going she doesn't NEED Samba and I ripped it out. The printer
>> >> >> > worked right off. Samba was trying to network a printer that
>> >> >> > hadn't been configured correctly for the system. The cart before
>> >> >> > the horse, so to speak. You can rip out Samba, after saving config
>> >> >> > files if you need it or rip it out for good if you don't need it.
>> >> >> > One less thing in the way.
>> >> >>
>> >> >> I'll give that a spin. Thanks.
>> >> >
>> >> > Let us know how it works. I later re-installed Samba on her machine
>> >> > and it picked up on the local printer it found and configured it for
>> >> > use easily. I guess it needs to be configured locally before the
>> >> > install of samba. It would be interesting if this was indeed the
>> >> > case. Good Luck! Ric
>> >>
>> >> my samsung ML-1610 works out of the box in jaunty, it got recognized
>> >> right away and auto-configured while installing jaunty alpha-3 or 4,
>> >> cant remember from an alternate CD. and in all previous versions, using
>> >> http://localhost:631 always opens up a CUSP page, and the printer can
>> >> always be found by the detect new printer functionality, which
>> >> configures the printer way easier than add a new printer. and yes, my
>> >> printer is USB as well.
>> >> can you make sure the printer is detected by the system? i'm no lspci
>> >> or lsusb or whatever expert, but kinfocenter/USB should point you in
>> >> the right direction if the printer is seen or not.
>> >
>> > Samba will steal it and put permissions to it. I know that one from hard
>> > experience as I noted. I'd really like to know how this turns out. :)
>> Do you know how to get samba to "unsteal" it, without removing samba?
>Easier to remove samba, see if that was the problem, and re-install it

Huge overkill Ric.  sudo gedit /etc/samba/smb.conf and comment out or remove 
the printers section.  Then create an /etc/cups/client.conf file with one 
active line:
# Client.conf
ServerName coyote.coyote.den
That is an FQDN in my case, or the ipv4 address of the server is known to 
work.  My small network uses host files, not dhcp, so the addresses are all 
stable addresses.

Restart both nmbd and smbd, then cups.  Any printers located or accessed by 
$ServerName should now be visible at http://localhost:631/printers, and usable 
with nothing more complex then an 'lpr [-Pprintername] file-to-print'

>Maybe save this for last, when you have nothing else to lose. That's how
>I fix stuff, I get BOLD when I've come to the point I have nothing to
>lose. I just tore down a 27hp Kohler engine as I was pretty sure it
>tossed a rod and that nothing I could do would hurt it further.
>This is off-topic as anything but did you know that no vertical shaft
>engine will take a slope more than 22 degrees without pulling air into
>the oil sump? But, if you figure out what side the sump is located, you
>can tilt more than 22 degrees to that side as the oil spills over to
>that side. Tilting the other way, away from the sump is sure fire $2,100
>replacement time. I found out the hard way. <grins> I guess the moral of
>the story is that when I had nothing to lose, I tore into it. Ric

That 22 degrees is an arbitrary limit, depending on the engine model and 
maker.  Generally a tossed rod=large hole in the side of the case.  In fact I 
consider that prima faci evidence of such.  I believe the applicable phrase 
when talking about an auto engine is "and the pan wasn't big enough for all 
the parts. :-)

Cheers, Gene
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