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Wayne_Zombie 06-30-2003 11:09 PM

Printer setup
Ok, i set up a small linux box to play around with. I didn't think I would ever set up a printer so I didn't enable printing when i set it up. Now I got a laser printer and want to set up my linux box as a network print server. I don't have a GUI installed and only access the computer over the network, I.E. no monitor or mouse, just an ssh connection. I've looked online and only found information about setting up printing in xwindows. is there a way to set up a printer without having to format and reinstall linux. Thanx in advance.


RolledOat 06-30-2003 11:40 PM

I added a printer to my comp and it detected and configured it on boot, which yours will likely do. I didn't need X to configure it, and after configuration, it carried on it's way and then started X after boot.


RolledOat 06-30-2003 11:41 PM

Hmmm, you will have to have access to the boot console, otherwise it won't work because it has to finish booting for ssh to come up. What do/have you done before you had it all configured?


Wayne_Zombie 07-01-2003 08:12 AM

for some reason this printer is not auto detected on boot, not even in windows. plus this computer is an old one, and i can't put xwindows on it at all. i know that i have to manually add the printer and set it up myself, but i just don't know how.

RolledOat 07-01-2003 09:22 AM

About all I can think of is look for manuals for, say Redhat 2.0 or some other acient release where you had to create the printer at the CLI. might have some info.


Wayne_Zombie 07-01-2003 03:27 PM

I have been looking into CUPS today.... i think i'll try and use it, although, i'm comfortable installing rpms, but source is still a new area for me, i've only done it twice and have had problems everytime.


Wayne_Zombie 07-02-2003 01:28 PM

I finally got cups working (sorta) after about 4-7 hours.... i lost track of time. Now whenever I submit a job, it sends it to the printer and says that it is completed, but all the printer does is say "Flushing" and eventually that goes away and it doed nothing else. I remember having this problem in windows about a year or so ago, but I don't remember the reason that is was doing it or how i fixed it. I wasted too much time on this, i'm going to get some sleep and try again later.


RolledOat 07-03-2003 09:44 AM

I would suggest looking for a forum or help at Not that this isn't a great site, but there it is dedicated to printing and only printing.


RolledOat 07-18-2003 09:05 AM

I found this article that talks about configuring CUPS at the command line. Maybe this will help in the mission (assuming you haven't figured it out in the meantime).


Mathieu 07-18-2003 09:44 AM

You can use printconf-tui at the command line to configure a printer. (It is a console based-program).

Or use setup, it is the main program.

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