Dean Davidson dean.a.davidson at
Wed May 2 15:48:48 UTC 2007

Problem 1:
I used the article <>
in an attempt to install a printer connected to an XP computer on the
local network.  The article does not suggest a response for the dialog,
which requests the model of the printer and choice of driver.  One would
assume that the driver on the XP computer would suffice, however, I
chose Brother DCP-1200 (the printer is DC--1000), thinking that it may
not matter or that the two models may use the same driver.  I cannot
print using this set-up.  "Uncheck 'enable bidirectional support'"
checkbox is not available on this XP computer for some reason.

Problem 2:
To make matters worse, I downloaded dcp1000lpr-1.1.2-1.i386.deb and used
the command:

sudo dpkg -i --force-all dcp1000lpr-1.1.2-1.i386.deb

Selecting previously deselected package dcp1000lpr.
(Reading database ... 96935 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking dcp1000lpr (from dcp1000lpr-1.1.2-1.i386.deb) ...
Setting up dcp1000lpr (1.1.2-1) ...
mkdir: cannot create directory `/var/spool/lpd/DCP1000': No such file or
chown: cannot access `/var/spool/lpd/DCP1000': No such file or directory
chgrp: cannot access `/var/spool/lpd/DCP1000': No such file or directory
chmod: cannot access `/var/spool/lpd/DCP1000': No such file or directory
/var/lib/dpkg/info/dcp1000lpr.postinst: line 4: /etc/init.d/lpd: No such
file or directory
dpkg: error processing dcp1000lpr (--install):
 subprocess post-installation script returned error exit status 127
Errors were encountered while processing:

I have played with it for awhile, using dselect, apt-get, and Synaptic,
but the recurring error message I am getting is:

E: The package dcp1000lpr needs to be reinstalled, but I can't find an
archive for it.

I cannot do any updates until this package installation is fixed.  So,
now I must humble myself and ask for help.  I broke my system doing what
should have been a simple task.
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