The new cups ports seem to not recognize usb printers on FreeBSD 7.2-STABLE

eculp eculp at
Fri Dec 4 18:49:15 UTC 2009

At the end of this email I'm referencing a previous email that I sent  
about this before checking if the problem was the new BSD stack and it  
appears that it is.  I just checked with my FreeBSD 9.0-CURRENT laptop  
and it finds the USB printer perfectly and prints as expected. It  
would seem that I'm going to have to upgrade all my 7.2-STABLE servers  
to either 8.0 or 9.0 that all have usb printers that are being shared  
by others through cups. I assume that either of the two would be  
equally problematic.  I hadn't wanted to upgrade just yet but now I  
see little choice.  I've almost always run current on them and upgrade  
less than on my laptop and have never had any major problem since 4.0  
or maybe before.  That makes my upgrading seamless although a bit risky.

I wonder, if anyone who has upgraded, could give me a suggestion as to  
which method to use cvsup or burn a cd/dvd and I will need to  
recompile all ports and the first thing that pops into my mind is the  
example in the portmaster manual page.

One other question, "Shouldn't this have a notation in UPGRADING and  
maybe a work around?"

Thanks for any suggestions,


Reference: Re: The new cups ports seem to not recognize or I don't  
know how to configure usb printers.

Quoting eculp <eculp at>:

> I haven't had a problem like this with cups in years. I updated cups  
> yesterday and can no longer print, install, reinstall usb printers.  
> In admin/add a printer I have no local options only:
> Other Network Printers: 	Internet Printing Protocol (http)
>                                 Internet Printing Protocol (ipp)
>                                 LPD/LPR Host or Printer
>                                 AppSocket/HP JetDirect
> No input for discription, location, etc.  The usb printers are  
> recognized when connected or disconnected by the kernel.
> I am seeing this on both up to date current and 7.2 Stable.  I am  
> going through the documentation hoping to find the problem.  If not,  
> what is the best way to go back to the previous port?
> Thanks,
> ed

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