CUPS on 5.1-Release, No Parallel port ??

Daren Russell darenr-list at
Mon Nov 3 04:20:18 PST 2003

Jim Durham wrote:

> I was just trying to install a parallel printer on my 5.1-RELEASE 
> system to use with CUPS.
> The Printer is an HP-5L plugged into the parallel port.
> lpinfo -v show no parallel port device. ppc0 *does* show up in dmesg 
> and there is /dev/lpt0 in the devfs. Also, there is no parallel port 
> choice in the cups config screen.
> On my 4.9-RELEASE server, with an HP-6L plugged into the parallel 
> port, lpinfo -v shows "direct parallel /dev/lpt0" . Cups works 
> fine.there.
> I also looked on my laptop, running 5.1-RELEASE and the same thing is 
> true, lpinfo -v shows no parallel port.
> Looking in dmesg on the 4.9 system, the printer is identified by name 
> but not on the 5.1 system.
> Another curiosity....I have /etc/devfs.conf set up to do rules for 
> /dev/acd0 and /dev/pass0 to chmod them to 666. I also set this up for 
> /dev/lpt0 and it does not work, the port remains 600. Maybe this is a 
> clue?
> I Googled for this for quite some time and, although I saw others with 
> the same problem, there were no answers and I can't find a bug 
> report.
> Any ideas?
> Thanks,

I don't know if this helps but I had the same problem with an Epson 
Inkjet with 5.1.  Neither Cups/Freebsd would talk to the parallel port 
because the Epson was low on ink (!)  If it wasn't even plugged in then 
no port was seen.  As soon as I put in a fresh cartridge, it was 
detected and installed.

I know it's likely to be different with a HP-5L, but it might be a pointer?


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