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Old 12-16-2006, 10:50 AM   #1
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slackware 10,2, KDE 3.4, printing


I am a newbie at linux. I recently installed slackware 10.2. I plan on using the KDE that came with the release.I am sort of at a lose as to what to do next. From what I have read, I think that I need to start the CUPS server, but when I try, it says that no server could be found. Is this something that I have to download? I went to the CUPS website, and it was totally baffling to me. I have worked with computers for a number of years, but not linux (mostly DOS and Windows). Is there some way to tell if the CUPS stuff is all ready there? How do I start it?
 
Old 12-16-2006, 10:52 AM   #2
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My printer is an HPLJ4L, connected to the parallel port.
 
Old 12-16-2006, 12:00 PM   #3
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Slackware comes with cups already installed. All you should do is run '/etc/rc.d/rc.cups start' as root
Then point your browser at http://localhost:631/ to configure it


*Edit: that is of course if you chose to install cups at install time. If not go to the slackware package browser at slackware.com and download the package and do 'installpkg cups-xxx-.tgz' as root.

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Old 12-16-2006, 02:24 PM   #4
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When I tried to run "/etc/rc.d/rc.cups start" I got a permission denied error. I thought maybe this meant that the package wasn't installed. (I was logged on as root). I went thru the installation procedure with no problems. I tried to run start again and got the same thing. I tried running it in a terminal window, running it as a command thru Konquerer, and when I had not started KDE at all, with the same result every time. Am I not understanding what it means to run something as root? All I should have to do is to be logged on as root, right?
 
Old 12-16-2006, 02:39 PM   #5
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Before you can run any program is needs executable permissions. Log in as root again and do

chmod +x /etc/rc.d/rc.cups

Then u should able to 'start/stop/restart' it.

Also, when it is +x it should be started automatically when you boot up.
 
Old 12-18-2006, 08:32 AM   #6
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That allowed me to start cups ok, but my printer still is not working. It might be because I am using vm to set up my linux machine. I get all good indications but still nothing comes out. I will fool around with it this pm and mebbe see if I can get it going. BTW, what is the chmod command?
 
Old 01-14-2007, 10:40 AM   #7
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I got my printer working. It was a question of of settings in VMWare. I use XP Pro as a host, and I am running Slackware as a guest. In VM, when you set it up, it comes up and tells you that the parallel port is present, but you have to go in and tell it that it is lpt1 in vmware. After I did that it worked fine. This whole thing is kinda tough because I am learning both vmware and linux, neither of which I have much experience with. I must say, this forum is the berries, but it helps to know what you are asking for! Thx to all.
 
  


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