Printer disappeared

Scott Blair scott.blair at
Thu Dec 18 04:08:36 UTC 2014

On Wed, 2014-12-17 at 21:44 -0600, Tommy Trussell wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 8:20 PM, Scott Blair <scott.blair at>
> wrote:
>         I am running Ubuntu 14.10, did the latest update think it was
>         a kernel
>         update, from what I could tell, now my printer is no wheres to
>         be found.
>         I go into System Settings and then printer and the Add button
>         is greyed
>         out. I unplugged the USB cord and put it into another slot to
>         no avail.
>         Any ideas?
> It sounds like CUPS (the printing software) isn't running. You said
> you remember installing a kernel update. Did you reboot the computer
> afterwards? (I believe kernel updates require a reboot, though for
> some reason I have seen them where the system didn't tell me to
> reboot.)
> After rebooting, try opening a web browser on your computer and point
> it to this address:
> http://localhost:631/
> You should see the web interface for CUPS running on your system.
> Occasionally I have been able to make a printer work using the CUPS
> web interface when the GUI interface failed, but those situations are
> very rare. 
> I suspect there's some reason the CUPS service didn't come up
> properly.
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Yes I did reboot after the upgrade, but just to make sure, to appease
the Linux gods and goddesses, I rebooted again. Now my printer is there
working. I'll keep the http://localhost:631/ handy the next time it goes


Scott Blair

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