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Old 03-08-2013, 12:41 PM   #1
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Installed printer won't print - CUPS error message refers to temp file

After upgrading Bodhi to ver. 2.2 my Brother printer (HL-5040) stopped printing. The system knows that it is attached via USB. I have eliminated all of the possibilities of a hardware issue. When I send a print job to the printer nothing prints. PDF files used to print but nothing from LibreOffice or Thunderbird will print. Test pages won't print either. I can print a test page from a live distro like Mint, however, which leads me to think that this is a OS software problem.

The CUPS message: "Can't write stdin to temporary file" keeps appearing when I try to print a test page after deleting and installing the printer from the http://localhost:631 page. A search on google tells me that /var may be full of cached packages. One person suggested that emptying it with synaptic may be the answer. I checked "status" in synaptic and under "not installed (residual config) I find:
cupswrapperhl5040, hl5040lpr, konqueror, libkonqsidebarplugin4a, linux-image-, wine1.4, and wine1.4-i386. Konquer and wine are not installed but were at one time. Can I mark these for removal? Would they be residing in the /Var file?
And...when checking the contents of the /var with the terminal, the /tmp folders are highlighted with green. Is that significant?

This problem has been with me for a week and I can't seem to get a fix and I can't seem to find a similar issue in this section of LQ. Any suggestions?
Old 03-10-2013, 12:39 AM   #2
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First of all you can issue command "df" in any console and check for the free space.
Second you can open "Printers" (Ubuntu FXCE), or may be "print manager", and also check if it is configured to use CUPS.


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