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Old 03-22-2004, 10:38 AM   #1
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TCP network printer with CUPS

I had a network printer working from my linux machine using CUPS. However, it stopped working. After trying various things, I removed the printer using the KDE (3.2) printing wizard and tried adding a new printer. When it comes to printer backend selection, the "tcp" option is greyed out, meaning it is "not available". Why would the tcp option disappear? What components do I need to have installed so that CUPS and/or KDE knows "tcp" is an option?

For further information, this is a Debian/unstable desktop PC running KDE 3.2.1. I thought I might have broken something with an "apt-get upgrade", but the machine has been running some time with no problems and I frequently update/upgrade software. I have no idea where to start looking for the source of the problem. The cups packages are properly installed with all dependencies.
Old 03-22-2004, 11:48 AM   #2
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Well, I answered my own question:

dpkg-reconfigure cupsys
Allows you to set backends used by cups. The default for Debian packages has the socket backend un-selected. I had kept the defaults when upgrading, so it turned off support for my tcp printer. It is now back again and my test page just finished. Whew!


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