Epson C66 doesn't work with Epson drivers (print/pips-sc65_66s port)

Mark Ovens marko at
Mon Sep 6 12:34:03 PDT 2004

I got my Epson C66 Photo up and running using CUPS, ESP Ghostscript, and 
the gimp-print drivers (using C64 since C66 isn't listed explicitly). It 
all works and I exported it through Samba and printed successfully from 
a Windows box :-)

Then I found that the Epson KOWA drivers were in the ports - 
print/pips-sc65_66s - so installed them as they are better drivers, 
changed the configuration in CUPS as per readme-sc65_66s-cups but the 
printer wouldn't work.

I deleted the printer and re-added it from scratch but still it won't 
work. When I click Print Test Page in CUPS the printer head "shuffles" 
which shows there is some communication with the printer but it just 
shows "Processing..." for a while then the job appears under Completed 
Jobs with a status of "aborted".

I've set CUPS to log at debug2 level but that doesn't show anything 
useful (to me anyway):

D [06/Sep/2004:20:08:51 +0100] [Job 32] cups->ppd = 0x83f5400
D [06/Sep/2004:20:08:51 +0100] [Job 32] cups->ppd->flip_duplex = 0
D [06/Sep/2004:20:08:51 +0100] [Job 32] width = 827, height = 1039
D [06/Sep/2004:20:08:51 +0100] [Job 32] PageSize = [ 612 792 ], 
HWResolution = [ 100 100 ]
D [06/Sep/2004:20:08:51 +0100] [Job 32] HWMargins = [ 8.400 35.400 8.400 
8.400 ]
D [06/Sep/2004:20:08:51 +0100] [Job 32] matrix = [ 1.389 0.000 0.000 
-1.389 -11.667 1088.333 ]
d [06/Sep/2004:20:08:51 +0100] PID 689 exited with no errors.
d [06/Sep/2004:20:08:51 +0100] PID 690 exited with no errors.
D [06/Sep/2004:20:08:51 +0100] UpdateJob: job 32, file 0 is complete.
d [06/Sep/2004:20:08:51 +0100] UpdateJob: Removing fd 9 from InputSet...
D [06/Sep/2004:20:08:51 +0100] CancelJob: id = 32
D [06/Sep/2004:20:08:51 +0100] StopJob: id = 32, force = 0
D [06/Sep/2004:20:08:51 +0100] StopJob: printer state is 3
d [06/Sep/2004:20:08:51 +0100] StopJob: Freeing status buffer...
d [06/Sep/2004:20:08:51 +0100] SaveJob: Closing file 7...
d [06/Sep/2004:20:08:51 +0100] SaveJob: Closing file 7...

The ekpstm (Status Monitor) shows a "Communication Error" and the 
pips-sc65_66s program shows "Cannot communicate with a printer" on the 
Utility tab.

Can anyone offer any help/advice on this please?

BTW, the port appears to be missing a build dependency for autoconf253 - 
my build stopped part way through as it couldn't find 




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