Review your favorite Linux distribution.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software
User Name
Linux - Software This forum is for Software issues.
Having a problem installing a new program? Want to know which application is best for the job? Post your question in this forum.


  Search this Thread
Old 09-04-2003, 03:52 PM   #1
Phil Healey
LQ Newbie
Registered: Jun 2003
Distribution: RedHat 9.0
Posts: 25

Rep: Reputation: 15
CUPS: "unable to contact server!"

I tried to configure a printer over my network but couldn't figure out what the correct path was ... so I tried what I thought might be right, and now CUPS isn't working. lpr, lpq, and all other lp* commands return the error message "unable to contact server!" on the local machine.

The other symptom is that CUPS starts up fine but fails on shutdown.

How can I fix this?

Thanks in advance.
Old 09-04-2003, 04:27 PM   #2
Senior Member
Registered: Dec 2002
Location: Atlantic City, NJ
Distribution: Ubuntu & Arch
Posts: 3,503

Rep: Reputation: 57
When a service starts up fine but fails on shutdown it usual means the service was never running at all or was running with errors. Usually this points to a problem in the configuration files. What exactly that problem is is hard to say from the information you've given. Can you give more info as to how you configured cups exactly?
Old 09-05-2003, 03:51 AM   #3
Phil Healey
LQ Newbie
Registered: Jun 2003
Distribution: RedHat 9.0
Posts: 25

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
Actually, I figured it out. The client machine kept trying to print the test files I requested after configuring the printer as a remote printer, but with an incorrect path, so it tied up the server. What's weird is that it kept doing this even though both machines were shut down and booted up several times over a space of several days. Anyway, I killed the jobs and that freed the server up.

Problem solved.

Now back to Samba...

(Thanks for the try, though!)


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Samba + CUPS "Access denied, unable to connect" error lirik Linux - Networking 10 10-13-2011 01:09 PM
lilo says, "L 01 01 01" and fdisk says, "Unable to seek on /dev/hda1" clausawits Linux - General 3 12-31-2007 09:33 PM
Error launching gnome apps as root: " Failed to contact configuration server" Kropotkin Fedora 1 12-16-2005 11:11 AM
"X Server: unable to detect"? Trying to install ATI driver... timkarwoski Linux - General 2 11-26-2005 02:16 PM
CUPS: "This server could not verify that you are authorized to use this resrouce" hamish Linux - Software 0 07-02-2004 03:57 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:10 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration