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Old 08-04-2011, 08:48 AM   #1
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CUPS - no default destination available

I have nearly got CUPS to work. I can print a test page. But if I try to do lpr I get the message about no default destination available.

I have made my printer (the only one on the system) the default but still I can't print. Could someone kindly shed some light on this?
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Your printer should have a name of some sort -- say, InkJet or something similar -- defined in CUPS. In CUPS (http://localhost:631), click on Printers, then click on the name of the printer. Then click on Administration and finally, click on Set as Server Default. Exit CUPS.

You need to stop and restart the CUPS daemon for the change to take effect. You can find the start up program (somewhere in /etc, there will be a program that starts, stops and restarts daemons). You would
prompt: programname restart
(Sorry, I don't have any idea what that program may be in your distribution.)

Or you can simply reboot the system.

Once the CUPS daemon is restarted, if you enter
lpstat -a
on a command line you should see your printer name displayed and something like
echo "Hello, world." | lp
ought to spit out a piece of paper.

Hope this helps some.
Old 08-04-2011, 11:44 AM   #3
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Many thanks - yes, CUPS is now working properly and printing is OK.


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