This guide explains how to install a Brother HL-2040 laserjet printer using CUPS.
Note: If you already attempted (and failed) to install the driver in CUPS, remove it before proceeding with this tutorial.
This tutorial assumes you have already configured the CUPS (CUPS_Setup) printer server. There is plenty of existing information to get this working.
Download Brother HL-2040 drivers
Create a temp directory such as mkdir ~/brother to work in
Extracting the RPM files
You'll need to grab a script to extract the files from the RPM packages, so log in as root and execute:
pacman -S rpmextract
Then extract both RPM files:
rpmextract.sh brhl2040lpr-2.0.1-1.i386.rpm rpmextract.sh cupswrapperHL2040-2.0.1-1.i386.rpm
You should now have two sub-directories: usr and var
Editing files to make them work with Arch
Arch Linux uses its own filesystem hierarchy, so you must edit some files to match it. We'll assume you create the temp directory brother in your home directory as mentioned above. Use your favorite text editor (i.e. kate, gedit, or vi) and open
Replace all instances of /etc/init.d/ with /etc/rc.d/ Save and close
Replace all instances of /etc/printcap.local with /etc/printcap Save and close
Now we're ready to copy the files to their respective places on our system (you'll need to be root for this)
# cp -r /home/username/brother/usr/* /usr # cp -r /home/username/brother/var/* /var
Installing the driver and printer
Now let's run the installation script (again, as root):
# cd /usr/local/Brother/cupswrapper/ # ./cupswrapperHL2040-2.0.1
It will stop the cups daemon if it's running, and restart it. Now browse to the CUPS server : http://localhost:631/ In the Administration category, choose Manage printers. You should see your HL2040 printer automatically installed and configured.
You can verify this by printing a test page
Personally, I have that under KDE (3.5.7) the printer driver does not align the page margins properly. The print appears lower on the page than it should be, causing some text to scroll off the bottom. If anyone knows of a workaround for this, please post it here. Thanks!