Sharing CUPS printer on home LAN

R (Chandra) Chandrasekhar chandra at
Fri Jun 10 07:35:00 UTC 2005


I recently moved from Debian testing (before the sarge release) to 
Kubuntu, and have no regrets making the switch :-)

However, one of the few hiccups was to get my CUPS printer connected by 
USB to my Kubuntu PC to be seen by my other MEPIS Linux PC.  This was 
possible under Debian testing.

I have found that the problem is due to the file


which sets Browsing Off by default without any warning, say from a 
dpkg-reconfigure-type interactive dialogue.

Moreover, I think the line


in cupsd.conf might have to be replaced by

Port 631.

Anyway, I finally got CUPS printer sharing to work and am attaching the 
file on how I did this.

I also hope that those involved in the cupsys package, and especially, 
Martin Pitt <martin.pitt at>, author of the shell scripts 
/usr/share/cups/browsing_status and /usr/share/cups/enable_browsing will 
take note and provide a comprehensive script for a future release, 
because the /etc/cups/cupsd-browsing.conf file is a good idea.

Thank you for an excellent distribution.

   10 Jun 2005
Dr R (Chandra) Chandrasekhar
Adjunct Senior Lecturer
M018, Centre for Intelligent Information Processing Systems (CIIPS)
School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
The University of Western Australia
35 Stirling Highway, Crawley, WA 6009, AUSTRALIA
Phone: +61-(8)-6488-1905  Fax: +61-(8)-6488-1168
email: chandra at
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