FujiXerox DocuPrint 203A

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This guide explains how to install a FujiXerox DocuPrint 203A 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 printer server. There is plenty of existing information to get this working.

Download FujiXerox DocuPrint 203A drivers

Download the driver(HERE). The driver is a zip file which contains 2 parts: the LPR Driver and the CUPS wrapper. Save the file to /home/username and decompress the file using the following command:

$ unzip

Enter the directory:

$ cd dp203a_linux/rpm

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:

$ DocuPrint_203_A-lpr-1.1.2-4.i386.rpm
$ cupswrapperDocuPrint_203_A-1.0.2-2.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. Use your favorite text editor (i.e. vim, emacs or nano) and open


Replace all instances of /etc/init.d/ with /etc/rc.d/ Save and close

Next, edit:


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/dp203a_linux/rpm/usr/* /usr
# cp -r /home/username/dp203a_linux/rpm/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

Upon completion the script will attempt to restart the CUPS daemon if it was running. Now browse to the CUPS server : http://localhost:631/

Under the Administration category, choose Manage printers. You should now see your HL2040 printer automatically installed and configured.

Print a test page and configure the printer settings to your liking.

Regional Settings

Make sure to set your printer preferences to match your region. For example, if you live in North America (Canada, US, Mexico) your paper size should be changed from the Default "A4" to "Letter". Sometimes this will be done automatically by your Desktop Environment (e.g. KDE) but it's worthwhile to check it yourself or the text on your pages won't align properly.

Alternate Method using pacman

Install the CUPS

  1. pacman -S cups

Install the foomatic printer library

  1. pacman -S foomatic-db foomatic-db-engine foomatic-filters foomatic-db-ppd

Install the hplip library

  1. pacman -S hplip

Start the CUPS printing system

  1. /etc/rc.d/cups start

Enter the configuration page by entering following URL: localhost:631 in Firefox. Do it step by step. In the driver setting, choose the DocuPrint P8e(hpijs) driver.