Looks like the cups mailing list has died & I have a problem.

Gene Heskett gheskett at wdtv.com
Thu Dec 6 22:15:12 UTC 2012

Greetings all;

As many of you are aware, I have a small local network here at the Heskett 
Ranchette, all hidden behind A NATing router, and all on the same 
192.168.xx. subnet.

I have two printers connected to this machine, and both are marked as 
shared in the localhost:631/printers configuration tree.


However, everytime the update-manager updates the cups installs on these 
machines, I lose the printer sharing from the other 2 machines, and 
typically spend quite a few hours screwing around before the other two 
machines can manage to connect, and make use of these printers.

Looking at the help page in firefox, at 

I have now tried to establish an http connection several times from one of 
the other machines, at best getting an "empty print file" message.

So I switched to the ipp protocol but on that page whose link is above, I 
see this:

But nowhere do I see a definition of what this "resource" is!  Is this the 
printers name, same as I would use in an "lp -dBROTHEHL2140 filename" to 
print "filename" something from here on that printer, in this case 
"BROTHEHL2140" or what?  FWIW, that name doesn't work, the job times out.
But the 4th one down,


should Just Work(TM), but doesn't.

I see now that on the 'client machines' Network Browsing is off. And the 
web page setup at localhost:631 offers no way to enable it, sucking about a 
10-33 torr vacuum.

So I added me to the admin list, and enabled Browsing.  IMNSHO if browsing 
is turned off, then whyinhell does it waste 2 minutes, it should tell the 
user/operator right then and there!

To have something this difficult to setup be destroyed every time dkpg 
touches cups is a genuine PIMA.

Suggestions please, and really, I am not allergic to setting a sudo chattr 
+i on these config files once I restore normal printer sharing operations.

Thanks for reading my rant.

Cheers, Gene
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