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Is libcups really sufficient as a client package?

I can't seem to be able to print in KDE applications (4.9.97) if I only have libcups installed:

Could not print the document. Detailed error is "Could not find a suitable binary for printing. Make sure CUPS lpr binary is available"

But /usr/bin/lpr is part of the cups package... Could it be that KDE requires cups for printing ?
--Gdebure (talk) 23:02, 10 January 2013 (UTC)

Is this still relevant? -- Alad (talk) 13:57, 29 October 2015 (UTC)
It is still relevant for some things, although possibly not for KDE. I've added it to the wiki under the only remaining section mentioning libcups [1]. Closed. Pypi (talk) 22:57, 21 April 2016 (UTC)

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: [2]

-- 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)

Previous content

There's still a lot of content which was removed in the rewrite, but none of it seems restored to a more fitting location. -- Alad (talk) 13:29, 29 October 2015 (UTC)

I've copied the ErrorPolicy section back into CUPS/Troubleshooting, see [12]. I think that might be all the lost content returned? -- Pypi (talk) 07:41, 23 February 2016 (UTC)

How many times do I have to do this?

Either something is missing from these instructions, or there is a very serious bug in cups. Pretty much every time I try to print something (a few times a month), I have to start from scratch, delete all printers, uninstall cups, etc.

I have done this about twenty times already....quequotion (talk) 09:27, 22 March 2016 (UTC)

Works for me. Ask in the forums or in cups-user. -- Alad (talk) 12:12, 22 March 2016 (UTC)
Unfortunately, I fully expect the cups devs to disavow any responsibility; I don't think I'll be able to pin the many reasons why printing stops working down to one particular problem with cups. quequotion (talk) 19:02, 22 March 2016 (UTC)
Closing. Pypi (talk) 22:49, 21 April 2016 (UTC)