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Old 12-26-2004, 11:15 AM   #1
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Printer Configuration: "Print file sent, waiting for printer to finish", JetDirect

I have a relatively fresh install of Fedora Core 3, and I have a printing problem.

My printer is an HP Laserjet 2100TN on a JetDirect card, and it was working for a very long time under Fedora Core 1, as well as my other XP box, OSX, etc.

Shortly after I did a fresh-install of FC3, I began having problems:
1) A blank page would print out after every print job;
2) pages would take an extraordinarly long time to print, if it all;
3) pages would just begin to fail and never print.

I just recently deleted that print queue, and setup another print queue. On the first job I printed, the pages came out on time, there was a blank page, and PrintConf is telling me, "Print file sent, waiting for printer to finish."

I did some googling, but there were VERY few hits on that message, and no resolution.

The printer is selected as a 2100M (because it has PostScript), and the print driver is pxlmono, which is suggested as the recommended driver.)

Has anyone encoutered this before? Any suggestions?
Old 09-05-2006, 01:17 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by Ed-MtnBiker
On the first job I printed, the pages came out on time, there was a blank page, and PrintConf is telling me, "Print file sent, waiting for printer to finish."
I just resolved a similar situation in RHEL 4 WS. I found that my printer had somehow been disabled:

[root@geo ~]# lpstat -p
printer LaserJet4000tn disabled since Jan 01 00:00 -
Print file sent, waiting for printer to finish...

I found nothing in redhat's "Printer Configuration" (printconf) gui app to enable it. From "man lp", however, I learned of http://localhost:631/documentation.html. Go there, click "Administration" in the toolbar at top, log in when prompted (root works), then choose your printer and enable it. (It seems lpadmin allows the same from the command line.)

Printing from Firefox then worked, but not from Opera. A temporary fix for Opera was to go back into printconf and put a check mark in printer driver options "Send Form-Feed (FF)" (it was off by default for 2 out of 2 LaserJet 4000 drivers), "Prerender Postscript" and choose paper size: Letter. When even this stopped working, I simply started printing to file and lp'ing the resulting file from the command line.

I've had Opera printing problems for years but the only hit searching on "printing" on platform: Linux at is currently It did not help.

Note to any CUPS programmers reading: please lobby to somehow improve CUPS' ability to inform users of the why in "'Printing of "(stdin)" on printer ... was aborted. You may want to find out why."

Last edited by gherson; 09-11-2006 at 08:35 AM.
Old 11-21-2006, 11:12 AM   #3
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If a printer is disabled for unknown randomly, an easy way is to run

/usr/bin/enable printer_name

from cron once an hour or so,
Old 02-23-2007, 12:41 PM   #4
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We have a Xerox phaser 3500 printer on a Fedora 5 box that is setup as a jetdirect printer using port 9100. When we try to print using the a2ps command, it prints every other job. When we check the status of the printer, it displays the message " print file sent,waiting for printer to finish". I have looked at the print queue using the lpq or lpstat command but it just doesnt show up in the queue as well.

Does anyone know how to solve this?


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