cups and 3 printing hints?

Craig Colton meerkats at
Sat Oct 6 06:02:48 PDT 2001

On Friday 05 October 2001 09:40 pm, you wrote:
> Craig Colton wrote:
> <snip />
> >> Simple question... Does cups need an /etc/printcap ? If so, does it
> >> generate this automagically for you? Must you do this manually?
> >
> > I could be wrong, but I think CUPS does use /etc/printcap, but not like
> > the older systems did. Using cups with my epson printer, my /etc/printcap
> > has one line - epson: - which is my quite imaginative name for it. Did
> > you use the cups administrator to set it up? I think this is how my
> > printcap file was created.
> cups administrator? I don't know what that is.
> I used lpadmin (and friends =)) to add the printer. It, cups, did seem
> to make an /etc/printcap containing nothing more than "Canon:". Like
> yours. I guess my problem is, when things didn't work...
> I was just sitting there looking at the cups log files. When I didn't
> see any obvious errors, I automatically thought of that printcap file.
> It sure doesn't look like a legitimate printcap file to me. I mean,
> I've seen printcap files before, and they are pure monsters. Then here
> is this little /etc/printcap that cups made with "Canon:" in it.
> Says me to myself, "Hmmm, now that is fishy!"

Glad you found your problem. Just for the record, you should be able to 
direct a web browser to "http://localhost:631" to access the cups 
administrator. I've always set up my printers this way when using cups, its 
easy as pie.

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