Reporting printer ink levels?

Israel israeldahl at
Wed Jul 23 22:32:32 UTC 2014

HP printers work quite well with GNU/Linux.
hplip is very good at reporting the levels on my printer.

I have never owned an Epson printer, so I have no idea if it works well
or not.
The printers are supported by the CUPS drivers.  So as a general rule
any printer that works on OSX will work with GNU/Linux.  However, ink
levels is another thing all together.... 

You might search ubuntuforums, or askubuntu as someone else may have had
your same issue before.

On 07/23/2014 11:35 AM, John Hupp wrote:
> A while back (under 13.04) I was working with an Epson Stylus C120 and
> got it installed for printing purposes after getting past
> I used CUPS and a Gutenprint driver.
> But unlike most Windows inkjet printer installations, I found no
> provision for reporting ink levels.  I found Mtink, but it did not work.
> In the meantime I stumbled onto the
> project, which is a library for reporting ink levels.  And at
> there is reference to
> packages that use this library.
> But on the library's home page there is no news since 2009, and the
> mailing list archives seem to no longer exist.
> Epson offers this link:
> But I
> don't find anything there for Debian or Ubuntu.
> Perhaps another manufacturer has their own package that includes
> provision for this function.
> Is anyone successfully reporting ink levels (one way or another) for
> any major brand of printer?


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