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Old 08-27-2011, 05:27 PM   #1
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CUPS manually installation in RHEL5.4

Hello everyone,

I have problems to install an HP printer, I have the HPLIP, but RHEL5.4 don't let install it because saids that cups-devel is required and I tried to install cups-devel, but it requires cups-libs and tried to install cups-libs and it requires an old version of cups-libs, ┐how can i install cups to install finally the hplip en configure my color laser printer?

I`m an beginner in Linux and I`m from Mexico and my english is not good, sorry about grammatical or any writing mistake, Thanx
Old 08-27-2011, 05:52 PM   #2
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just how are you doing all of the above ???
the recommended way on all red hat based OS's is to use "yum"
su -
yum install cups-devel
but on RHEL you must have a paid for license and you MUST have regestered your install
( there is a handy desktop icon ) to buy a license and register it
spend the $299 US for a one year tech support subscription
however during the install cups should have been installed and your hp printer should have been seen and the hplip set should have been installed

If you are not going to bay for rhel then
install CentOS or ScientificLinux

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Old 08-29-2011, 11:49 AM   #3
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Thanks John VV,

I`d try YUM, but it didn't works

I'll try to buy the license because is for the office in my job, they'll pay for it, I`m using Ubuntu and have not that problem, I`ll tell you when it will be installed, and I'll be here for more questions about Linux systems, I starting with Linux systems, I like Linux systems and would like to learn a lot of stuff and give help back in this forum for people who need it.

How I did all that I write? I downloaded HPLIP from HP web page (an *.run file), Downloaded CUPS 1.3 and 1.5 from CUPS web page (an *.tar file and *.rpm file), and I did follow the instructions to install it, but it gives me messages asking for old version of cups-libs, I'm sorry, I don`t have the lines and commands that I wrote for do it (next time will save all that I`m doing to give more information if I need help) but I think that you were write here is the best thing to do, I was reading in RHN web page that the printer driver is in the uploaded cups library. maybe I`ll not need to install HPLIP.
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I know this is late.

If you have Cups 1.5 installed go take a look at the cups website...specifically the problems page. It looks like for old HP printers (and some others) there's a bug somewhere around Cups 1.4.7 that interacts badly with the kernel and causes USB printers not to be detected...and thus not manageable by Cups.

Back grade to 1.4.6 or re-compile the kernel with a current bugfix seems to be the only method of managing this. I"m not sure if RHEL5 has already patched around this or not but it's something to keep in mind.

Other than this I'll reiterate what was said above...PARTICULARLY with a RHEL/CentOS installation there is no reason to try to manually install anything. If you're looking to play around and do manual upgrades to packages, you're looking for Fedora, not RHEL. The reason RHEL (and thus CentOS) exists is stability and support...both of which go to the toilet as soon as you start self-compiling packages.


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