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Old 07-11-2007, 02:48 PM   #1
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can't print using lpr, but can using cups/ooffice/evince

Hey all,

I am trying to get 'lpr' to work in an Ubuntu server install. I installed cupsys and I am now able to print from the cups config page (a test), within openoffice, and within evince. However I still cannot print using lpr. I get the following error:
lpr: cannot open /var/spool/lpd/hplj4l/.seq: No such file or directory
lpstat also returns no output.

I think that I'm supposed to be printing with lpr-cups, but I cannot find it anywhere in any ubuntu package.

I'd greatly appreciate any help.


Last edited by hedpe; 07-11-2007 at 02:49 PM.
Old 07-11-2007, 03:58 PM   #2
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"lpr: cannot open /var/spool/lpd/hplj4l/.seq: "

Check to see if you have /var/spool/cups but do not have /var/spool/lpd. If that is the case then you are set up to print using cups but not lpr.

Another check is to see what man pages you have installed:
man cups
man lpr

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