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Hi,I've spent a lot of time on the Brother website but the downloads seem to refer only to DOS-based equipment. I am only to willing to admit to a general ignorance of the process of converting these to Linux capability.
BTW,I'm using the USB connection.
Last edited by Jamesag37; 08-24-2014 at 10:58 PM.
Reason: my apologies for forgetting your very relevant question
Hi,I've spent a lot of time on the Brother website but the downloads seem to refer only to DOS-based equipment.
I just looked at that web site. I only looked at two of the categories: Downloads and Supported OS; and I see Linux links in both of them. However, a potential problem I saw is the Linux category in Downloads only has .rpm and .deb listed. I have not been using Slackware long enough to know how to get around that issue. Although it is possible there are more formats buried under a few more links.
As Randicus Draco Albus mentioned, Brother provide RPM and DEB packages, and I'm sure that he'll be able to guide you through the process of driver installation if necessary. (I missed the fact that you're using slackware.)
As it happens, the LPR printer driver and CUPSwrapper binary driver packages (in either .deb or.rpm format) are relatively simple with only a few files in each, (I checked with ark), so installation should be possible without using the intended package tools.
To EDDY1, I found that docs slackware page and am trying to follow it including rpm2xz.
To "ferrari",I've spent a lot of time looking for "ark",having gone through the agony of selecting files etc. How do I find,and use, ark?I've been chasing ark and arc all over Google. Many thanks in anticipation!
Eddy; big oops!I should have said rpm2txz;I left the 't' out which may have confused you. I'd already done as you suggested but it wasn't enough apparently.The howtos on the Slack Docs page specifically refer to opening the resultant files with 'ark',which I've been unable to find;hence my question;how do I acquire ark and probably,how do I use it?
To ferrari and others:
this is what I get in MC when I look for "cupswrapper" with slocate:
sh-4.2$ slocate cupswrapper
I'm not sure if this can help
I'm using 32 bit.
I actually had all of those packages in the system in order and converted using rpm2txz and ran installpkg successfully,I believe.
I hadn't realized that,on the guide page the pink address indicated the actual 'link' to CUPS.
I now have the joy of learning to understand CUPS!
Again,many thanks for the help so far.