How to delete a printer definition

Nils Kassube kassube at
Sun Jun 5 09:09:54 UTC 2016

Bob wrote:
> ** Reply to message from Nils Kassube <kassube at> on Sat, 04 Jun
> 2016 21:55:42 +0200
> > Bob wrote:
> > > I did look at the "printer" page but could not find the delete
> > > option.> > 
> > >  Since you gave such good instructions I went back to try again.
> > > 
> > > When I clicked on the printer name I got the same thing I had
> > > before
> > > and that was an error message.
> > 
> > That seems a bit strange to me. Maybe my instructions were not that
> > good after all, so I installed a remote printer on a 16.04 machine
> > (I don't have 15.10 anywhere). Then I connected to that machine via
> > ssh and opened the page in firefox like explained above. Funnily
> > the dialog on that machine was in English for whatever reason. Then
> > I made a screenshot of the point where you can delete the printer.
> > I have attached the picture.
> You picture is what I was looking at.  I think we are not talking
> about the very same thing.

Yes, you're right. Obviously I didn't read your previous mail carefully 
enough - sorry. I missed that you already got the error message when you 
clicked on the printer name.

> Let me try to describe it this way.  The Jupiter computer has two
> printers defined as local to Jupiter (physically plugged into the
> Jupiter computer) and other computers use those printers to print. 
> The other computers (various operating systems) have a printer
> defined that points to the Jupiter computer printer definitions.  I
> want to delete those printer definitions on the Saturn computer that
> point to the Jupiter computer printer definitions (this is what I am
> having a problem doing).

Well, I had that scenario in mind (more or less) and that's why I made 
the remote printer entry. So to find out what went wrong, I made a 
similar entry on the 16.04 laptop again. On the printers page I can 
click on the names and I always get the detailed page for the individual 
printer, no matter if it is a local or remote entry. Therefore I can't 
tell you, how to proceed from the "normal" CUPS interface. Maybe you 
could remove the section for the unwanted printer in the file 


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