update on printing problem

Marius Gedminas marius at pov.lt
Thu Jan 8 16:30:32 UTC 2009

On Thu, Jan 01, 2009 at 08:08:48AM -0500, Zach Uram wrote:
> I have exhausted every solution I could find :( As a last resort I
> tried running lpadmin to set the printer manually and I get that
> stupid ambiguous error message again, same one I got in the cups web
> interface. Does anyone know what this error message means and how  I
> can get my printer (HP Deskjet 960C hooked up to parallel port) setup
> using lpadmin:
> ubuntu at ubuntu:~$ sudo lpadmin -h localhost -p HP -D printer -u
> allow:ubuntu -P
> /rofs/usr/share/cups/model/hpijs/HP/HP-DeskJet_960C-hpijs.ppd
> lpadmin: Request Entity Too Large

Google "CUPS Request Entity Too Large" hints "it may mean that you don’t
have write permission to your CUPS spool directory (/var/spool/cups, by
default)."  Since you're running lpadmin as root, and 'cupsd' also runs
as root, I find that unlikely.

FWIW here's what file permissions are set on that directory here:

$ ls -ld /var/spool/cups
drwx--x--- 3 root lp 4096 2008-12-11 13:57 /var/spool/cups

Other Google answers suggest you may be running out of disk space.

Marius Gedminas
Never trust an operating system you don't have sources for.
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