print/cups-base 1.2.0_2 and locally connected printer

Bruce A. Mah bmah at
Mon Jul 3 19:56:08 UTC 2006

If memory serves me right, David MAREC wrote:
> Le lundi 26 juin 2006 04:18, Rick Voland a écrit :
>> It seems to be a permissions thing.
> I have the same problem running FreeBSD 6.1.
> A few weeks ago, «cups» stopped printing through local ports while  «lpd» 
> dæmon was still working.
> ( maybe, as soon as i removed cups-lpr from the system )
>> Now, I can print to the parallel port.  I didn't have to do this with
>> print/cups-base
> Setting «rw» permissions to group and others to that device allows «cupsd » 
> to work through local ports.
> Setting «rw» permissions to group only, does'nt.
> Is there new device policies defined by cups ?

I noticed that the cups port now installs a cups user and group.  I
infer from that change that some portion of cups now runs as a
non-privileged user, and that if you're driving a parallel port, it
needs to writable (readable too?) by the new cups user.

(I encountered this problem on my RELENG_6/i386 print server machine,
made /dev/lpt0 owned by cups:cups, and it worked.  Edit /etc/devfs.conf
to set this ownership on the next reboot.)


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