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Foomatic not providing drivers?

I don't know if this is a general-enough problem to be put on the wiki, but I was unable to print using my Konica-Minolta PagePro 1350w because the driver was not installed with foomatic. I installed foomatic-db, foomatic-db-engine, and foomatic-filters, and used the CUPS web interface to add the printer and select the recommended min12xxw driver. I was unable to print, and only got uninformative error messages in the logs like "Filter error". The Gnome printer dialog, however, said it was unable to find the driver, so I tried installing it from AUR (, after which I was able to print. Why was the driver listed in the CUPS web management interface, but not actually installed? Maybe a note on the wiki will help future users.

Goodmami (talk) 04:42, 10 March 2013 (UTC)


For reference, last edit before the rewrite: [1]

-- Alad (talk) 12:23, 29 October 2015 (UTC)


Also, the current article structure needs serious improvements. How do you mention what drivers are to install -after- installing a printer? The old structure had this right at the beginning, after installing the server/client packages. -- Alad (talk) 16:34, 28 October 2015 (UTC)

Should be better after the last set of edits. Much of the writing still needs improvement, though. -- Alad (talk) 13:29, 29 October 2015 (UTC)
The current CUPS#Configuration section includes the text The default configuration is sufficient for most users, but also includes instructions for installing local and remote printers. What was the intention for that section? Would it be better to move it to CUPS#Installation?
Under CUPS#Configuration there is (now) two sections, CUPS#GUI_applications and CUPS#CLI_tools. I think that the naming could be improved - any suggestions?
-- Pypi (talk) 06:40, 24 May 2016 (UTC)
I had another go at cleaning things up, but it's still fairly messy. I've created a draft at User:Pypi/CUPS for now. -- Pypi (talk) 06:09, 7 June 2016 (UTC)