Print service is unavailable bad file descriptor

Myriam Schweingruber myriam at
Fri Jan 30 09:54:17 UTC 2015

Hi Mark,

On Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 8:56 AM, Mark Fraser <mfraz74+ubuntu at>

> I've recently started seeing the error "Print service is unavailable bad
> file
> descriptor" when trying to print or when going into Printers in Settings.
> I've
> been able to get it working again by restarting cups, but I shouldn't need
> to.
> There's this
> bug
> report on Launchpad, but that has expired.
> Is anyone else seeing this or know how to solve it?

There have been two Cups updates in Kubuntu 14.10 since the release IIRC, I
see no such errors here when I print (I don't print often, but it worked
quite fine last week). Using an old LaserJet 6L connected over USB. Mind
you, this can depend on a lot of factors, starting from the way the printer
is connected to the printer itself.


Protect your freedom and join the Fellowship of FSFE:
Please don't send me proprietary file formats,
use ISO standard ODF instead (ISO/IEC 26300)
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