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Old 03-21-2005, 07:11 PM   #1
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cannot add a printer with the lpadmin command (client-error-not-possible)

when i issue the following command:

lpadmin -p rawqueue -v parallel:/dev/lp0 -E

i get the following error:

lpadmin: add-printer (set device) failed: client-error-not-possible

the system is slackware 10

any help will be most appreciate
Old 03-21-2005, 10:52 PM   #2
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If you are using lpadmin I gather you have cups installed. I ran into this and -- after a considerable investment in time -- decided it must be a problem within the command. Once -- maybe twice -- I did not get that error message but the printer didn't work. The only reliable way I've found, to add a printer, is to use the browser interface.

But there is an alternative, which is to determine which cgi script, from the cups package(s) are used to perform a given task. Use the View-Source menu entries to get started.

With a browser running as non-root (because browsing as root, even locally, is a bad habit to start), browse to When you attempt to do something from within this menu, that is priviledged, you will be prompted for a username / password. If you haven't defined users with CUPS admin privs yet, you'll need to enter "root" as the username and the appropriate password.

This will allow you to create a CUPS printer, view existing printers that Cups knows about, configure them, etc.

If you are using HP hardware -- like jetdirect or one of their printers, or if you to try the following for fun: try and find the slackware equivalent of the HPOJ package. The command "ptal-device" is a comand-line tool for returning available CUPS printer names.

Hope this helps.

Last edited by JohnBoy; 03-21-2005 at 11:46 PM.
Old 03-22-2005, 03:20 AM   #3
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thank you John for the answer

unfortunately the GUI gives me the same result: the same error


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