Originally Posted by unSpawn
AFAIK lpd should not be checking /var but only some part of the subtree, maybe something like /var/lpd or whatever it should be confined to.
Yes, I agree. Even though lpd did at least report it's gung-ho behaviour, it flashed past far too fast on the boot screen to get on to.
1. It should NEVER behave like that in a boot context (I hold) where print-priority is clearly secondary to login-priority and 2. If it does, then a sizeable delay should follow. (May be corrected in later versions?).
Luckily I could resort eventually to kdm which seems less sensitive to /var permissions. Although I think I eventually found out(not easily) what the REQUIRED PERMISSIONS are for both lpd and gdm, I still call it poor software that has precise settings requirements and doesn't reveal PRECISELY WHAT THEY ARE when obviously croaking on the fact of their absence!