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Old 05-08-2014, 03:13 PM   #1
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How to clone a printer setup

I have two HP Laserjet P1606dn printers. They are both on a 10.6.6.x network and we have a print server called scribe. I setup up the first printer and users are able to print to it from across the network. The 2nd one I am having issues with. I can print to it from Windows, but not from Linux. I have tried using the CUPS interface and system-config-printer. In both cases the printer is installed and shows up, but when I try to print to it, it complains it needs hp-plugin. I run that, and it makes no difference. So since one printer is working, I'd like to clone everything from that one and change the IP. Wil that work? Thanks.
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Have you went to your printer panel & tried to add it?
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Try to copy the printer in the file /etc/cups/printer.conf. Please don't forget to change the name. Then restart CUPS
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If you already have the same drivers installed, you can duplicate the added printer list by copying /etc/cups/ppd (a folder of the .ppd files for all added printers), and /etc/cups/printers.conf.
But it is important to note that the author of CUPS, Michael Sweet, doesn't think this is advisable. CUPS (the print control system) is a unix-style software tool -- there are many parts in many folders on the computer. The simplistic copy-over method may miss some important piece of software.

I suspect the missing hp-plugin is because you don't have the exact same software/drivers on the next computer.

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